Bob and Connie Thrush of Bandon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by flying their airplane N640SU (a fixed wing, single engine, two-seater plane that Bob built) to the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc. AirVenture is the world's largest fly-in event with over 12,000 airplanes participating.
The couple was able to spend time in Pierre, S.D. on the way to Oshkosh. On the return home they stopped to visit Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, and then spent three days in Yellowstone Park. Bob and Connie met while students at OSU; he graduated in Forest Management in 1963 and she in Home Economics Education in 1967.
Connie grew up in Medford, and graduated from Medford Senior High in 1960. Bob graduated from Camas Valley High School in 1958.
They were married June 15, 1963 in Medford. Bob was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant USMC a week earlier and he entered flight training in Pensacola, Fla. in August.
The Thrushes lived in Jacksonville over 27 years where they had a popular Choose and Cut Christmas tree farm. Bob was a forester for private industry and Connie taught adult education and was a substitute teacher.
They raised their three sons Todd, Troy, and Timm in the Rogue Valley. Todd graduated from Medford Senior High in 1985 and Troy from South Medford in 1989. Their youngest son Timm graduated from Bandon High School in 1991. The Thrushes moved permanently to Bandon fifteen years ago where they built their home on the site of the old Prosper School.