Richard Thurston Obituary, Death – Richard Thurston, who had previously lived in St. George and, more recently, Toowoomba, died on January 9th, 2023. He lived in Toowoomba, Queensland. Rick Hilbert Thurston was born on January 9th, in the city of Provo, Utah, to parents George Hilbert Thurston and Evelyn Corrine Thurston. Almost immediately after, the family uprooted their lives and relocated to Casper, Wyoming, where they established a new business known as the Thurston block Plant. Rick attended Lincoln Elementary School, Dean Morgan Junior High School, and Natrona County High School, all of which he graduated from.
He developed an avid passion for automobiles, automobile clubs, and friends working in the automotive industry during those wonderful years he spent in high school. This passion led to him making some lifelong industry friends. He distinguished himself during his service in the 82nd Airborne Division after joining the Army in 1960… A group of people who were very important to him and influenced the course of his life. When he returned to Casper, he wasted no time in enlisting in the Air National Guard. He never lost his love of automobiles, and in later years, he turned that love into a profitable business by opening Rick’s Rod Shop, which specialized in custom rods and custom cars. Rick is well-known in the automotive community for his drag racing accomplishments, as well as his hot rods and custom cars.
Many people were astounded by his extensive knowledge of automobiles and the components that go into their construction. He was a founding member of the Wyoming Street Rod Association, as well as a member of the Oil City Auto Club, the National Hot Rod Association, and a number of other organizations of a similar nature. He rides for the American Legion Riders in Wheatland, Wyoming, in addition to being a member of the Patriot Guard. Rick reconnected with a former classmate named Roxana (Selby) Taylor in 2016, and the two have been romantically involved in each other’s lives and have lived together in the same house ever since.
Rick is survived by one of his sons, also named Rick, a daughter-in-law, Christin Schumann, two grandchildren, Kendall and Dillon Thurston, a brother, Rob, and a sister, Kathy. In addition, he will struggle to adjust to life without his beloved dog Ecko and his long-term partner Roxana Taylor.