WAPELLA – Lester D. Thorp, 71, of Wapella passed at 6:20 a.m. Monday (Feb. 11, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the First Christian Church, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson and Steve Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.
Memorials may be made to the Little Galilee Christian Assembly, First Christian Church, the Normal Community Cancer Center or the Advocate BroMenn Vascular Care Unit.
Lester was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Clinton, the son of Carl and Doris (Lampe) Thorp. He married Katherine S. Reed on June 23, 1962, in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine S. Thorp of Wapella; children, Susan (Mike) Walters of Heyworth, Michael (Kathy) Thorp of Wapella, Jeffrey (Brenda) Thorp of Decatur and Sara O'Brien of Clinton; 11 grandchildren, Christopher Walters, Nick Walters, Ashley Garner, Brittany Bauer, Chloe Thorp, Emily Thorp, Grace Thorp, Scott Thorp, Laura O'Brien, Shawn O'Brien and Erin O'Brien; eight great-grandchildren, Conner Garner, Ian Garner, Nolan Garner, Liam Garner, Kazanna Garner, McKayla Bauer, J.D. Bauer and Peyton Bauer; siblings, Frank Thorp of Clinton, Bernice Whitted of Clinton and Claude (Linda) Thorp of Crawfordsville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Carl Dean and Fred Thorp.
Lester was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, and a former board member of the First Christian Church and Wapella Christian Church.
He was a former chairman of the board of Thorp Seed Company and past president of Golden Harvest Seed Inc. He was also a member of Central Golden Harvest Research, the Illinois Soybean Association, the Illinois Crop Improvement and Agriculture Advisory Counsel for the University of Illinois.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.