David A. Thurn
1947 - 2020
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David A. Thurn

David A. Thurn of North Riverside, age 73. Loving father of Emily (Steve Grujich) Thurn and Travis (Paula) Thurn; proud grandfather of Isabelle, Margaret and Tristan; beloved special friend of Sue Matulionis. On December 2nd at approximately 11pm David Thurn departed for his final sail. He was comfortable and at Peace. He wanted everyone to know how grateful he was to have been fortunate in life, both with the people he knew and the things he was able to do. He understood that in the current environment that it would not be safe to gather. He left the guidance to "do the best [we] can".

All are encouraged to pay your respects or share a fond memory, photo or video through the online guestbook at www.conboywestchesterfh.com.

A virtual service is being planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to one of the following organizations: Lyric Opera, University of Chicago, Catnap of the Heart, or your local food bank would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home. For info 708-F-U-N-E-R-A-L.

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Dec. 17, 2020.
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December 31, 2020
All too soon you heeded the exhortation popularized by Styx to “come sail away.” Your love of music, opera, sailing on Lake Michigan, photography, and language (especially grammar) are missed already. I still hear friends telling us to stop being the grammar police, still giggle over the witticisms you loved to banter about with Bill, still bask in the beauty of your photos, and still cherish the time we spent together from high school through lasagna parties, movie nights, boating dates, and evenings filled with music. Hopefully, we will continue these traditions with Sue, fondly honoring and remembering you. It has been a blessing being your friend.
Linda and Bill Ward
December 29, 2020
My wife Sylvia and I sat next to David and Sue on Saturday evenings at the Lyric Opera for a good number of years until the pandemic put a pause to those performances and that part of our lives. We enjoyed wonderful performances, exchanged amusing anecdotes, opinions and repartee together. He will be missed.
George Drelios,PhD
December 29, 2020
I met David through our Neuroendocrine Tumor support group at the Wellness House. David was quite a character with the combination of his sense of humor and intelligence. I thoroughly enjoyed my communications with him and will miss him. I never received a common response from him as they were always very clever. He did love sailing and said that he was in bliss when sailing.
Janet Rattazzi
December 19, 2020
Dave was a wonderful person and a very special part of our musical family at Morton College in the 2010’s. He was an excellent musician, cared about his fellow musicians and embraced any musical challenge that came his way. An accomplished trumpet player, he willingly shared his musical knowledge with others. Dave’s trumpet on earth may have been silenced, but he is playing in a heavenly orchestra for all to hear. Good by Dave, until we meet again.
Paul and Cathie Kukec
December 17, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
From the Staff of Conboy's Westchester Funeral Home
December 11, 2020
Travis, Emily, Sue and family....please accept my deepest condolences on Daves' passing and yes, final sail. How very appropriate and I'm sure it was calm seas.
Daves' unique blend of sarcastic wit and intellect is what I will miss most. His integrity and true appreciation of quality and the arts are what turned our business relationship into a solid friendship, one I will always treasure.
I will definitely miss his e cards and Doris darting under a bed frantically whenever I was there.
Thanks Dave and save a spot at the table.
Ed Messina
December 11, 2020
I want to express my deepest sympathy to David’s family and loved ones. I felt honored to have had a window into his cancer journey through our Wellness House support group. David was inspirational in sharing his determination to seek any and all proven treatment. Lessons learned from his unique experiences will benefit current and future support group members. I will remember his warm, light hearted personality which rose above his health challenges and inspired fellow cancer patients. I only wish I could have known him longer. I pray for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Janet Medhat
Janet Medhat
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