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Ramcharger Jim Thornton passed

by Bill Cawthon on

Jim ThorntonJim Thornton, past president and driver of the Ramchargers, passed away June 2, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He was 77.

Thornton had battled an auto immune response to a weak form of cancer that destroyed all his platelets and hemoglobin repeatedly. Numerous transfusions helped him continue a happy, active lifestyle, but eventually the effectiveness of that treatment wore off.

Jim and his son John have owned DJ’s Carwashes in the Toledo, Ohio, area for 34 years.

He is survived by his four children, 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Services are tentatively set for June 5 at the Walker Funeral Home in Sylvania, Ohio.

Note: Thanks to John Thornton for letting us know. Our sincere condolences to the Thornton family. In the photo at top, Jim Thornton is in the center, with the microphone.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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