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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
John Wayne Thorpe
January 20, 1953 - November 6, 2018

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Williston,ND, formerly of Ray, ND
Age: 65

John Thorpe, 65, of Williston, ND, formerly of Ray, ND, passed away unexpectantly ,Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018 at C.H.I. St. Alexius Mercy Medical Center in Williston.

John Wayne Thorpe was born in Williston, ND on January 20th, 1953 to Mildred (Anderson) and Archie Thorpe.

He was baptized and confirmed at Ray Lutheran Church and graduated from Ray High School with the class of 1971.

John’s working life involved many ventures, including Air Heaters, Jerry Harmon Motors, Williston WoodWorks, US Forest Service and almost 20 years at Window World in Williston. His latest venture was being part owner of Whispers Lounge in Williston.

His greatest joy was his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and being a charter member of the Ramblers Motorcycle Club of Wheelock, ND and his many enjoyable trips to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He leaves behind his many close friends in the Ramblers Motorcycle Club.

John also enjoyed woodworking and was very talented.
Surviving John is his brother Neil Thorpe of Ray, his sister Diana (Roger) Larson of Bonney Lake, Washington, Nephews, Brian Larson and family of Tacoma, WA, and Bob Larson and family of Puyallup, WA.

He was preceded in death by his Mother Mildred, who passed in 2007 and his Father Archie who passed in 1978.

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Pam Lehman Norris (Kenmare, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
Prayers to all in the loss of John, he was such a special person I got to know. RIP good friend you shall be missed by lots.
Colleen Weyrauch (Minot, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
Our family is so saddened by John’s sudden passing. Such a good guy and so well known. I have been in 2 Minot businesses in the last year and as I talk to them it always comes around to talk of Ray “and do you know John Thorpe?” It’s always his motorcycle buddies that tell me what a great guy he was. Our sympathies for a tremendous loss to your family
Duane Bratvold (Lake Tapps, Wa.)
Nov 7, 2018
Rest In Peace John. You will be missed. Prayers to your family
Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
Nov 7, 2018
Neil and family, my heart hurts for you all tonight, his sudden passing has left us speechless and as you, heartbroken. He was one of the BEST in this world. RIP big John, we’ll see you in a better world. Love, hugs, and prayers for his family.
John "EJ" Monteyne (Estevan SK., Canada)
Nov 8, 2018
RIP Brother. Going to miss you. Ride free. John was a great friend and a mentor to all who met him. My sympathy to the family and his club brothers.
Lorraine & Stan Brautman
Nov 8, 2018
Neil, Dianna and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thought and prayers are with all of you as you grieve his loss.
Mike Weyrauch (Ray, ND)
Nov 8, 2018
So sorry for the loss of John much to early
Julaine Christensen (Douglas, WY)
Nov 8, 2018
Neil and Diane, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing, he was such a kind gentle man, and a friend to everyone. My heart aches with you today, I am sending love, hugs and prayers your way.
Kelly and Debbie (Thom) Miller (Custer, SD)
Nov 8, 2018
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this difficult time. May the good Lord shower you all with his blessings and give you peace. Deepest sympathies.
Samantha (Williston, North dakota)
Nov 8, 2018
BIG JOHN was in my life growing up he is like family to me. He always made sure to say hi and see how I was. Our long talks about how life has changed and the days of williston when we all would do stuff with the family. He no longer has to deal with pain or sadness now he can ride in the wind as fast as he wants I will miss big John and forever remember him in my heart.
Carolyn Reinert (Williston, North Dakota)
Nov 8, 2018
Ramblers summer party 2013
John will be missed by many. Everywhere he went he knew someone. He always had a open door policy. We all could count on him to be there for us if we needed. I have known him for over 25 years. He treated me and my kids like family. My children as well as myself are heartbroken over the loss of such an amazing man. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.
Michael & Angelina Avery (Williston, ND)
Nov 8, 2018
Big Mike prays you RIP Big John
We will miss you like so many others whose paths you have crossed. We are so sad you left us too soon..you will always be in our hearts, Big John
Melody shellum (Williston, Nd)
Nov 8, 2018
John will be greatly missed!
Rita Weyrauch O'Neil (Missoula, MT)
Nov 8, 2018
Please accept my condolences, Neil and Diane as you mourn brother John.
Linda Salveson Truchan (Killdeer, ND)
Nov 8, 2018
Dianna and Neil, I am so sorry for your loss, far too soon! I didn’t see John much since school days but always enjoyed seeing him, he was a very kind guy! He was the only guy I went to the prom with! Rest In Peace John and greet all our classmates, I think you make # 7! So sad as our class wasn’t that big, 32 graduates!
Becky Tipton (Glendive, Montana)
Nov 8, 2018
I met John about 30 years ago through the RAMBLERS absolutely the nicest guy I've ever met. You will be missed by all your Brothers and Sisters!
Ride Free John
Gwen Gould Stark (Fargo, ND)
Nov 9, 2018
My cousin John was born on my 6th birthday. Neil and Diana were dropped off at my birthday party before his parents went to the hospital in Williston. I can remember that day. We were so excited to have him come into the world. John, along with Neil and Diana, set the high standard for how to love and treat their mother and each other. I never knew of a cross word to come between them. I treasure the life all of the Anderson cousins had together in Ray. We were close to our grandparents who hosted Sunday dinners after church. Grandma chronicled our youth by taking thousands of photos of us in her yard between the evergreen trees and in front on the hollyhocks. I am sad to say goodbye to John who was always wonderful to my parents, me, my husband and my children. Thank you, Johnny, for generously giving my children their first motorcycle rides......and mine as well. All our love goes to Diana and Neil and the family. Rest in peace, John. God speed.
Carol Mihulka (Bismarck, ND)
Nov 9, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I worked with him at Jerry Harmon Motors. I always thought of him as a gentle giant. He was such a kind and giving man. I have thought of him often over the years and when I do I smile. He loved his Harley and always had a story to tell. RIP John.
Curt hillestad (Fort mohave, Az)
Nov 9, 2018
It was my pleasure to work with John at Harmon motors. John was a big man, with even a bigger heart. Anyone who really knew him, will tell stories of a very special guy. He will be missed. RIP John.
Debbie Robb (Trenton, N.D.)
Nov 10, 2018
John was a great friend n will be missed by a lot of people... Ride high in the sky... it’s never about saying goodbye it’s til we meet again my friend...
Don Simpson (Ray, ND)
Nov 10, 2018
Neil, Dianna, and Family,
My deepest sympathies to all. I was saddened to hear of the passing of John. Thinking of you all.
Ranae Aakre (Glyndon, North Dakota)
Nov 10, 2018
Thinking of you all. I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Wishing you peace and sending prayers.

Ranae, Jenna, and Gavin
Pam johnson (Williston, North Dakota)
Nov 11, 2018
Jon was a good man and he always welcomed me with open arms and a great big hug! He was so nice and was always a pleasure to see his big smile and those dancing eyes! My deepest sympathy goes out to family and all those whi loved him. He will be missed. And it won't be the same. God bless!
Joe Bowling (Williston, North Dakota)
Nov 12, 2018
The world is one good man poorer, heaven one richer. RIP John. May The Almighty greet you with open arms.
Class of 1971
Gwen Stark & Betty Leholm
Phyllis, Harry & Heather
Grace, Tom, Mellisa, Steven Delling
Ramblers Motorcycle Club
Jo & Ashley
Ken & Carolyn Reinert & Christina Chamberlain
Whispers - Dan, Oren, Bruce & Crew
Prairie Rattlers
Colt & Skylar