John William Thurman, 79, of Republic passed away on May 16, 2024. He was born Jan. 8, 1945 in Springfield, the son of Ellis “Bud” and Elizabeth Thurman.
He was raised in Republic and graduated from Republic High School, joining the Marine Corps after graduation. He served his country in Vietnam and when he returned home, he graduated from SMSU and earned his MBA from Drury College. He married Patricia (Francis) Thurman, and they shared 55 years together. He had a career in banking and materials management.
He is survived by his wife, Patty; his three children: Jeannine Birkenfeld, Audrey (James) Schilling, and David (Jai) Thurman; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ann (Larry) Cutberth; and son-in-law, Jeffrey Birkenfeld.
Services were held on Saturday, May 25, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield.
Arrangements were entrusted to Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield.


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