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August L. “Gus” Thorne 1934 - 2018
August L. “Gus” Thorne 1934 - 2018

WICHITA — August L. “Gus” Thorne was born Dec. 21, 1934, at Great Bend, Kan., and left this world on Dec. 25, 2018. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry A.J. Thorne and Teresa (Redetzke) Thorne. He married Barbara A. Conner on Sept. 25, 1957. She survives. Other survivors include his sons, Brad Thorne of Great Bend, Keith Thorne and Curtis Thorne both of Wichita; grandchildren, Chelsea Murphy of Salina, August D. Thorne of Wichita and Paige Thorne of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Tyler Murphy and Cooper Thorne. 

Gus served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954-1957. He lived in Great Bend from 1960-1985. He owned Thorne Janitorial Service and later owned four laundromats called Mr. T’s. In 1985, he moved to Wichita where he owned Tom’s Sewer Service from 1989-1998, after which his son bought the business. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, but really loved working in his shop. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 842 Tyler Road in Wichita. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Hoisington. A memorial has been established with Ascension Lutheran Church Choir or the charity of your choice. 

Funeral arrangements provided by

Downing & Lahey Mortuary

6555 E. Central

Wichita, KS 67206 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 30, 2018