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Thomas Newton (Newt) Thurman

December 3, 1950 — January 29, 2023

Thomas Newton (Newt) Thurman, age 72, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 5:49 am Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia.  

Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Waters Funeral Home.  Pastor Brian Lehenbauer will officiate. Burial will be in the Curryville Cemetery. 

Visitation celebrating Thomas' life will be held at 11:00 am until the time of the service Thursday at the Waters Funeral Home. 

Thomas was born on December 3, 1950, in Mexico, MO the son of Elmer Newton and Mary Louise (Morton) Thurman.

Survivors include a sister, Nancy Nation and husband Larry of Vandalia, MO; aunt, Martha (Tip) Morton of Frankford, MO; nieces, LoriAnn Houchen of New Franklin, MO, Cheryl Nelson (Allen) of Auxvasse, MO, Lisa Tucker (Dave) of Cuba, NY, and Kelly (Mickey) Mink of Vandalia, MO; nephews Randy Wayne Cox (Melissa) of Ashland, MO and Keith Nation (Nickie) of Wentzville, MO; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Thurman was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Wayne Thurman, sister, Mary Evelyn Thurman Cox, sister-in-law, Jean Ann Roberts Thurman, and close friend Jess Windland.

At the age of 3, Thomas and his family moved to their new farm southwest of Curryville where he attended grade school and later graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1969.

After graduation, Tom went to work at the Harbison-Walker Refactories and retired in 2017.  He delivered meals on wheels until the COVID Epidemic.  Tom was a faithful member of AA for over 34 years.  Away from work, Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing, trying his luck at the boat and betting on race horses.

Mr. Thurman was a Christian by faith.

Pallbearers will be Mike Meyers, Kevin Welch, Butch Dunlap, Kenny Thurman, Clay Hyde and Andrea Hyde. Honorary Pallbearers: Kevin “Chip” Mink, Lindi Dunlap, and Allen Stoutz

Memorial contributions may be made to Pike County Loving Care Hospice or  St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, in care of the Waters Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Thomas' memorial page at  

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Central time)

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