Cozad Resident: Rickey T. Thornton, age 53 (1961-2014)

Rickey Theron Thornton, 53, of Cozad, Nebraska, died April 18th, 2014, at the Cozad Hospital.

He was born on March 31st, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard Carl and Glenna Renna (Chatwin) Thornton.
Rickey attended school in Cozad and had worked in the Cozad area. He was very family oriented and loved his family very much. Rickey was a very outgoing person, never knowing a stranger, always being friendly and was the first to speak. He had a way of taking life in stride. He loved adventure, changing his life many times. He was an avid fisherman, especially enjoying trips to Mexico and Alaska.

Survivors include his father, Richard (Linda) Thornton of Cozad; two children, Rickey Richard (Emi) Thornton of Lakewood, Colorado and Bryan Wayne Benash of Gothenburg, Nebraska; three siblings, Rock R. (Susie) Thornton of Cozad, Gayle R. (Jim) Berryman of Aurora, Colorado and Ryan (Christina) Wagener of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a grandson, Rickey Thornton III of Lakewood; nieces and nephews, Cherease Berryman of Aurora; Jacilyn (Kai) Szoka-Berryman of Aurora; Austin (Kalynn Brooks) Thornton of Lincoln, Nebraska; Brook Thornton of Kearney,?Nebraska; Ashton Berryman of Aurora; Skylar Wagener of Colorado Springs; Ravyn Wagener of Colorado Springs, and Luna Wagener of Colorado Springs and numerous other family members and friends.

Rickey was preceded in death by his mother, Glenna; grandparents, Carl and Evelyn Thornton, Theron Chatwin, Clara Chatwin Featherston and Carrol Featherston and a niece, Sierra Havenhill-Berryman.

Graveside Services were held Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Walnut Grove Cemetery North of Cozad with the Rev. Roger Sloan officiating.

A memorial has been established in his memory and online condolences can be made shared at


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