Denny Thorsell

 Dennis "Denny" Thorsell

August 3, 1938 - February 28, 2017

Obituary:

Dennis “Denny” Thorsell, 78, of Burbank, went to be with Jesus on February 28, 2017. 
Born in Cleveland on Aug. 3, 1938, he dreamed of being a cowboy and spent the rest of his life living that dream.  He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and a founding member of the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association.  In 1997 he was elected to the OQHA Board of Directors and he served as Tri-Chairman at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Since 2005.  In 2014 he was inducted into The Ohio Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.  Denny was a respected trainer of cutting, pleasure and halter horses and had several world champions.  Denny was an AQHA judge, judging horse shows in over 33 countries including the AQHA World Show.  He successfully bred bucking bulls having numerous bucking bulls of the year and Creek Bend Bucking Bulls was awarded Sebra stock contractor of  the year three times. In addition to all of his achievements the greatest accomplishment of his life was his family.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 48 years, Eileen; son, Shawn Thorsell; daughters, Debbie Polk, Deanna (Herb) Nye, Shannon (Alan) Waggoner and Charis Thorsell; his grandchildren, Tony, Justin, Charla, Dennis, Zach, Colton, Logan, Lauren, Tristian, Chloe, Ace and Addalynn and 9 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother, Robert (Bobbie) Thorsell, sister-in-law, Kathy; brother-in-law, Dale; his uncle, Robert Brown and many nieces and nephews including his special niece, Joy.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Florence Thorsell and a great-granddaughter, Natalie.
Services will be Saturday at 12:00 noon at West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster with Pastor Mark Davenport officiating.  A private family burial will be at Canaan Cemetery.  Friends may call Friday from 4-7 p.m. at West Hill Baptist Church and from 10:00 until time of services on Saturday at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Denny Thorsell Bull Rider’s Relief Fund at any Huntington Bank.  Tributes may be shared at www.Murray-Funeral-Home.com  Murray Funeral Home in Creston is handling arrangements.
 To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please send through the Message Board on the left.  
 
Name: Jennifer Kindel
 Shawn (and family)
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Regards,
 Jennifer
 
 
 
Name: The Coe Family
 What a blessing to know and be loved by such a great spirit - and a big hearted individual. We will remember Denny always smiling, always laughing and always offering a warm hug. We hold your family in our hearts and prayers now and always.

With love,

Cole, Cara, Hayden and Porter 
 
 
 
Name: Sandra Keller
 Eileen, we were all sorry to hear of Denny's passing. The Kellers, Sandy, Mary,and Amelia,the Kilburgs,George, Cindy,Jeanine,and Patty and their respective families, the Mannings, Linda and Elaine and their respective families.
John 5:27-30
 
 
Name: Ed & Becky Dingledine
 Our thoughts and prayers are with you 
 
 
 
Name: Sandra Keller
Eileen, we were all sorry to hear of Denny's passing. The Kellers, Sandy, Mary,and Amelia,the Kilburgs,George, Cindy,Jeanine,and Patty and their respective families, the Mannings, Linda and Elaine and their respective families.
John 5:27-30
 
 
 
Name: Rosemary
Eileen, Peace, prayers and blessings to you and your family during this difficult time.
 
 

Name: Allen & Rose Barbour
Eileen & family
We are so saddened to hear of Denny's passing.  He will be missed by all of us who knew him. He was a special man and I was blessed to know him.
 
 
 
Name: Mike Cohan
So sorry to hear about Denny.  He was a giant of a man. 

Mike Cohan
 
 
 
Name: Fran Mullen
I did not personally know Mr Thorsell but I wanted to let you know that he even touched a strangers heart. That my friend is the very meaning of a great man. You will all be in my prayers.
 
 
 
Name: Ray Hofstetter
So sorry to hear of Denny's passing Shawn....your family is in our thoughts and prayers 
 
 
 
Name: doug setta
Hearts go to the family he was a great man legend in his own time bullriding lost a legend ride into the sunset cowboy ride
 
 

Name: Mark Pinto

 Please accept my deepest condolences, Eileen for you and your family.

Mark Pinto
 
 
Name: jerry windham
 
So very sorry to learn about Denny--though I never knew him well, over the years I enjoyed seeing him each year and we always talked about horses and bull!! When I would see him I would ask "what's the latest bull"? and he would tell me what was going on with his bull business. I loved hearing about all he went thru in getting the bulls bucking and how they were doing and I kept an eye out for his when I attended the NFR or other rodeos.
He was a great guy--I and many others will miss him. May God bless all of you during this time---Jerry Windham PP of the AQHA.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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