Steven Thornton

September 10th, 1953 to September 6th, 2023

Steven Jay Thornton, 69, of Port Huron, died Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

He was born September 10, 1953 in St. Johns, Michigan to the late Harvey and Verita Thornton. He married Pamela J. Moore on May 27, 2004 in St. Clair Shores.

Steve attended St. Johns High School, graduating in 1971. He spent the next several years proudly serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea and Germany. After discharge, Steve attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Transportation. Steve was employed by the Federal Government at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren until his retirement in September 2014. During this tenure, Steve worked as a Contract Specialist, an Industrial Specialist and a Contract Expeditor. Steve was also very active in his local labor union, working as a Steward and then as a Legislative Political Coordinator and Trustee.

Steve had a multitude of hobbies and interests. He enjoyed music of all genres and played several instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards and synthesizers. He loved music so much he even had his own recording studio doing recording for others. Steve also loved collecting things, including HO scale trains and antique farm equipment. He loved nature and spent much of his free time in upper Michigan hiking and looking at the remains of abandoned logging railroad lines.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Pamela; children, Curtis (Amanda) Thornton, Kristen Thornton (Chris Fenton) and Jeffrey Thornton; step-son, Anthony Kostowny; grandchildren, Hallie and Noah Thornton; and sister, Cindy Reetz. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Thornton.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 15, 2023 in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home. The Reverend Drew Mills of Lakeport Wesleyan Church will officiate. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army and the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. To send condolences, visit

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