Melvin I. Thorp
Melvin “Mel” I. Thorp, 90, of Fond du Lac, passed away on Monday, March
9, 2020, at Grancare Nursing Center.
He was born on July 3, 1929, in Shiocton, WI, the son of Ernest and Mary
Jane Coe Thorp. He was a graduate of Shiocton High School, Class of 1947. He
served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War as counterintelligence and a
paratrooper. On May 2, 1952, he married Dorothy J. Knutson in Baltimore, MD.
She preceded him in death on April 28, 1990.
In his early years, Mel worked for Badger Breeders. He then went on to own
and operate Thorp’s Lighthouse Restaurant and the Greyhound Bus Depot. He
retired from Waupun Correctional Insitute where he worked in the inmate canteen
department. He was a member of Lighthouse Christian Church. He was an avid
reader, enjoyed crosswords, fishing, and loved going to Lakeside Park to watch
He is survived by his children: David (Carolyn) Thorp of Broomfield, CO,
Michael (Cheri) Thorp of Van Dyne, Debra (David) Richards of Little Chute and
Cathy (Matthew) Johnson of North Fond du Lac; two foster daughters: Darlene
(Fritz) Schubert of Pittsville and Lynn Nowac of Midlothian, VA; 15
grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, two brothers:
Clare and Clemens; three sisters: Kathryn, Lucille, Marion.
VISITATION: Friends may call on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 11:00-1:00
PM, at Lighthouse Christian Church, 401 South National Avenue, Fond du Lac.
SERVICE: Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 1:00
PM at Lighthouse Christian Church, with Rev. Tim Carlton officiating.
Trier-Puddy American Legion Post #75 will conduct military graveside services.
Entombment will take place at Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Ledgeview Memorial
Kurki Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving
the family www.kurkifuneralchapel.com. 920-921-4420