John W. Thurber Passes to His Rest at 87

John W. Thurber, best known as second tenor of the King’s Heralds quartet with the Voice of Prophecy from 1961–1967, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the age of 87. Thurber was widely known and loved across the North America Division during his long life of service to the Adventist Church, including territories in six union conferences.

Thurber was also widely known for his ground-breaking youth work during the years he served as a teacher, pastor, conference and union youth director, family life educator, and conference president.

Thurber was preceded in death by his daughter Sherry (Thurber) Juhasz. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patsy (Fogg); sons Mic and Gary Thurber; their spouses Jana and Diane; son-in-law Gary Juhasz; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of John’s life and ministry will take place at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, on March 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial gifts to the Voice of Prophecy, a ministry that was dear to John’s heart. Cards of condolence may be mailed to The Thurber Family, c/o the Mid-America Union Conference, P.O. Box 6128, Lincoln, NE, 68506.

Photo and information courtesy of the Thurber family.

This article originally appeared on the Outlook website, the official publication of the Mid-America Union. Photo and information courtesy of the Thurber family.

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Rest In Peace, John Thurber. Many thanks.

Condolences to the family.


I went to gradeschool and high school with Gary. I remember John Thurber at one of the academy bible conferences. John sang with such a joy and peaceful spirit and I remember his round that he taught us (a song that he arranged). O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is gracious and His mercy endureth forever. I remember Marshall Kelly as a guest artist at the same bible conference, singing contra-low bass.

I miss that music and the sacred sound, which taught us about praising God in song. I will miss John’s beautiful tenor voice and his contribution’s to the ministry of the Gospel. My condolences and prayers are with the Thurber family at this time…

with kind regards,



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