May 3, 1999
He is survived by his wife, Lorene, two daughters, Kristina T. Krall and her husband, Kevin R. Krall of Bothell, and Sarah N. Thorne of Woodinville; and two grandchildren, Kayla and Kameron Krall; his brother David W. Thorne and his wife, Katheleen M. and their sons John and Ned, of Bainbridge Island; his parents, Robert S., Sr., and Dorothy Cox Thorne of Mercer Island.
Born in Abilene, Texas, Thorne served in the U.S. Army Special Forces in 1964 as a combat engineer. Following the service, he became a plumber, and with a partner, started a contracting business and built more than 350 structures. After becoming interested in the safety of steel frame buildings, he formed his own company to build pre-sale steel frames homes.
Services will be held this Friday at 10 a.m. at Green's Funeral Home at Sunset Hills. Memorials may be sent to Make A Wish Foundation and Salvation Army.