Dr. Charles S. Thorpe, DVM 85, of
New Baden, died Wednesday January 21, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital in
Dr. Thorpe was born April 3, 1923 in
Alabama to Charles F. and Ella
(Nelson) Thorpe; they preceded him in death.
Also preceded in death by brother,
J. E. Thorpe, Joe Thorpe; sisters, Agnes Catchings, Martha Merrill;
and brothers-in-law, Otha Catchings, Carl Merrill.
He married Frances Groennert August
8, 1954 in Nashville,
IL and she survives in New Baden.
Also surviving is a daughter, Dr.
Charissa (Dr. Robert Klinsky, O.D.) Thorpe, O.D. of New Baden,
granddaughters, Claire and Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky, and his beloved
A sister-in-law, Chella Thorpe of
Crossville, Al and a brother-in-law, Fred (Pat) Groennert of
Nieces and Nephews, Leanne (Steve)
McDonald, John (Lisa) Groennert, and Tricia (Cory) Williamson all of
Trenton, Ron Thorpe of Crossville, Alabama, and Carla (Jeff)
McCollum of Acworth, Georgia. Numerous great nieces and nephews.
After graduating high school, Dr.
Thorpe served in WWII as an Army Combat Engineer, after returning to
the family farm he decided to attend Auburn
University, where he
graduated as a Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine.
Dr. C.S. Thorpe, DVM opened his
private practice in 1954 in New Baden and continued to practice
until the fall of 2008.
He was a member of Zion United
Church of Christ in New Baden, Alpha Psi Fraternity, 50+ year member
of the Illinois State Veterinarian Association, American
Veterinarian Association, Trenton VFW Post 7983, New Baden American
Legion Post 321, a was a past member of the New Baden Lions Club.
He was an avid Wesclin Sports Fan.
Funeral Services will be Friday,
January 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Zion United Church of Christ in New
Baden with Rev. Gretchen Sterrett officiating. Interment will
follow in Greenmount Cemetery, New Baden.
Visitation will be Thursday, January
22, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 PM and again on Friday, January 23, 2009
from 9:00-10:30 AM at the Moss Funeral Home in Trenton.
Memorials can be made to the Zion
United Church of Christ Building Fund and will be received at the
The New Baden American Legion will
hold services at 7:00 PM and the Trenton VFW will hold services at
7:30 PM both Thursday evening at the funeral home.