Cadet T. Thorp

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 8:58 p.m. CDT
Cadet T. Thorp

STERLING – Cadet T. Thorp, 73, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He had a milk hauling business in the Tampico area before serving as the chief of police in Sterling for 22 years. 

Cadet was born Aug. 2, 1940, in Streator, the son of Harold T. and Hilda T.A. Thorp. He married Carman Aleen Burr on Nov. 23, 1963, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. They just celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Cadet was a graduate of Flanagan High School, Sauk Valley Community College and Bradley University. He attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. He served in the Air Force. Cadet belonged to the Illinois Association Chiefs of Police, International Association Chiefs of Police, Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, and Northwest Illinois Law Enforcement Executive Association. He served on the Whiteside County Board. He started and organized the DARE Program in 1987, and started Organized Crime Stoppers.

Survivors include his wife, Carman, of Sterling; and one brother, Brett M. Johnson, of Pontiac.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday and the funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday at Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, with the Rev. Mark Oehlert, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

A memorial has been established.

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