Richard Eugene Thornton II, 72, passed away on the 10th January 2018 at his home.
Born to Richard Eugene Thornton and Norma Jean Merritt on the 3rd of July 1945 in Toledo Ohio. He was the oldest child of four children, Gary Thornton, Twanna Zamora, and Denise Thornton.
Richard is survived by his wife of three years Donna Tingen and her family, His oldest son Richard Eugene Thornton III, his son Richard Erik Thornton, and his daughter Jennifer Jean Jensen, 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the love of his life Hilda Maxine Mullin.
He opted out of his senior year of high school to join the United States Navy in 1963, where he served multiple tours in Vietnam. He served his country for 17 years before leaving the Navy and settling down in Las Vegas.
Richard was an outdoorsman; he loved to hunt Deer and Elk. Half of the excitement of the hunt for him was in the preparation, as he was continually making improvements for the next hunting camp for him and his hunting partner Eddie.
He also had a deep love for his horses. He loved the freedom that riding horses brought him, as it allowed him quiet times to clear his head and think about life. Even when his health wouldn’t allow for him to ride he spent the remainder of his life caring for and spoiling his three horses.
Richard had a heart as big as the Sierra Nevada’s, and would do anything in the world for those he loved, and that is how he will be remembered. He will be forever loved and missed by those whose lives he touched, especially his grandchildren who he just couldn’t stop spoiling. Our lives have all been enriched and made better because he was in them. Arrangements were handled under the direction of Southern Nevada Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at www.snmortuary.com.
Evelyn Ida Youngdell Higbee, age 91, died January 16, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on October 24, 1926, in Murray Utah, to Henry Niels and Harriet Zina Poole Youngdell. She married Joe Vaughn Higbee on December 24, 1943 in Reno Nevada. They were later sealed in the St. George LDS temple on July 30, 1946.
At the age of 12, her family moved from West Jordan, Utah to Alamo, Nevada. This is where she met and married her sweetheart just before he was shipped overseas during WWII for two and a half years.
Her greatest love was her family, her church callings, and numerous projects on the ranch.
Evelyn is survived by her sister, Donna Petersen (Max), her four children, Vaughn Higbee (Arda), Vance Higbee (Vickie), Valerie Twitchell (Stuart), Varlin Higbee (Susan), 17 grandchildren, and 61 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson. She is preceded in death by her sweetheart of 67 years, Joe Higbee, her parents, and two brothers, John Henry, and Keith Guy Youngdell.
Her life will be celebrated on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church in Alamo Nevada. Visitation will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Alamo LDS Church and again from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the chapel. Interment will follow in the Richardville Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guestbook at www.moapavalleymortuary.com