American Veteran 01

Paul S. Thronburg, Jr.

January 28, 1930 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 91)


Paul S. Thronburg, Jr. was promoted to Glory on Nov. 17, 2021. A memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, Niovember 24, 2021, in the Chapel of  Grace Gardens Funeral Home, 8220 Woodway Dr. with Rev. Dr. Ray Bagby and Rev. John Wells officiating.

Paul was born in Blackwell, OK, on Jan. 28, 1930, to Paul and Lucile Thronburg who served as Salvation Army officers in the Southern Territory. Paul graduated from Forest Park H.S. in Baltimore and Western Maryland College before being commissioned as a U.S. Army officer and serving with the 27th Infantry Regiment along the DMZ during the Korea conflict.

Paul continued his education at Baylor before teaching at Hillsboro, Mart and  Alvarado. He married Norma Harter on Dec. 27, 1963. Paul completed his masters degree at North Texas University; the family returned to Mart in 1977. There he taught music at all levels and was the high school band director. He continued his military service in the Army reserves and National Guard.

Before retiring Paul was elected to the city council where he was instrumental in creating Mart EMS. After retirement he was elected as Mart’s mayor; served on The McLennan County Conflict Resolution Center Board, volunteered at the TYC Juvenile Correction Facility and Mart EMS; played trombone in the Waco Community Band; was “nurse” at Camp Tahuaya; served as Choirmaster, on the Vestry and as Senior Warden at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church. Paul also was also a member and secretary of Heart of Texas Chapter Military Officers Association of America, a Mart Lions Club, VFW and American Legion member. He “flunked retirement” repeatedly and shared his extensive knowledge of music part time at Crawford, Reicher, Hallsburg and Riesel.

Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma, son Paul Scott (wife Tracy), and daughter Adrian Carole.

In lieu of flowers, note on memo line donation “in memory of Paul Thronburg” may be made to: Christ Episcopal Church-Mexia, 505 E. Commerce St., Mexia, TX 76667; Salvation Army, 4721 W. Waco Dr., Waco, TX 75710; or HOT Chapter MOAA Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 23964, Waco, TX 76702.



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Memorial Service
November 24, 2021

10:00 AM
Grace Gardens Funeral Home
8220 Woodway Drive
Waco, TX 76712

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