Merrill Credon Thrush, Jr.

Born: Fri., Nov. 17, 1939
Died: Thu., Mar. 30, 2017

Prayer, Reflection, & Military Honors

2:15 PM Thu., Apr. 06, 2017
Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Celebration Reception & Greeting of Friends

2:45 PM Thu., Apr. 06, 2017
Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Time of Remembrance & Storytelling

4:00 PM Thu., Apr. 06, 2017
Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Closing Ceremony

4:45 PM Thu., Apr. 06, 2017
Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

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Merrill Credon Thrush, Jr.

His eyes to the skies, and his love for his family -

Merrill Credon Thrush, Jr., age 77, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Roxbury, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017.  Merrill was born on Friday, November 17, 1939 in Chambersburg to the late Merrill Credon Thrush, Sr. and Mary Katherine (Mackey) Thrush. In addition to his parents, Merrill is preceded in death by a daughter, Gemini Rae Thrush; and a son, Daniel Credon Thrush.

Merrill’s survivors include his wife of 39 years, Barbara (Paronish) Thrush; his two daughters, Jessica Burchfield and her husband, Jamison of Hudsonville, MI, Sarah Wannamaker and her husband, Keith, and their son, Christopher of Allison Park, PA.  

Merrill graduated from Chambersburg High School as part of the class of 1957.  Merrill served in the United States Navy and proudly sailed on the U.S.S. Forrestal and U.S.S. Valley Forge.  After his military service, Merrill worked as an owner-operator block truck driver for York Building Products, supplying building products for many buildings in the Harrisburg area.  In 1974, he transitioned to his career in aviation.  He received his private pilots license at Hershey, PA and took advanced training at Ardmore, OK.  He retired as a captain in 1999 from Piedmont Airlines, flying the Dash 8 across the east coast for US Airways Express. 

Merrill had a deep faith and he attended Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg.  He was a member of the Orrstown Masonic Lodge #262 and the Shriners Blue Mountain Group.  Merrill was a meticulous man who took pride in doing his own mechanical and carpentry work.  He enjoyed nature, hunting, and being outside.  His all-time favorite thing to do was to fly.  Most importantly, Merrill was very family oriented.  He deeply loved his wife, he was immensely proud of his children, and he absolutely loved playing with his grandson, Christopher. 

All are welcome to join Merrill’s family for a time of prayer, reflection, and military honors, beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with Dr. James Scott playing the bagpipes.  A celebration reception and greeting of friends will follow from 2:45 until 4:45 p.m. with a time of remembrance and storytelling to begin at 4:00 p.m. and a closing ceremony to take place at 4:45 p.m., all at Aldersgate United Methodist, 1480 Jerusalem Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.  Cremation was private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that an expression of sympathy be given or contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607,

Merrill’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Merrill’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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Dave and Jeanette Gribble
   Posted Fri March 31, 2017
Barb, Jessie, and Sara, So sorry to hear of Merrill's passing. He was such a good friend and he could always make me laugh. Thursday lunch will never be the same, but I will always remember all the great times and great stories he shared with our crew. Gods speed Merrill, as you soar the heavens once again. Dave & Jeanette

Edward Smiley
   Posted Sun April 02, 2017
Merrill was a co-worker of mine at the airline. He was a pleasure to work with and always upbeat and personable. An excellent pilot and a true gentleman. My wife was a flight attendant for the airline for 12 years and only has good memories of working with Merrill. Our hearts go out to his family.

John Ile
   Posted Sun April 02, 2017
So sorry to hear about Merrill's death. You have my deepest sympathy. Had he been ill? I pray that God will provide your every comfort.
John A Ile, Chambersburg

Maggie Emery
   Posted Sun April 02, 2017

I was saddened to learn of Merrill's death; Pastor Logan announced it this morning. He always had a smile and a kind way about him. May your memories comfort you. You are in my prayers.

Barb Myers
   Posted Sun April 02, 2017
Merrill was a kind man who was always willing to help his wife'said quilting friends He will be missed!

Joyce and Dan Gifford
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
We will remember Merrill as a pleasant neighbor with always a nice word of greeting. It was a pleasure to know him

Timothy R Mihalko
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
Merrill was a good person and work-mate - I enjoyed working with Merrill over the many years at York Building and appreciated his humor - My deepest sympathies to you Barb and your family

Barb Statler and Raymond Jenkins
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
Barb, please accept our condolences for the passing of Merrill, as you know that we have been childhood friends. Both Barb and I will greatly miss him. We appreciated our telephone conversation the day prior to his passing, it meant a lot to both of us.
May God Bless you during this very difficult time

carol ann forsythe
   Posted Mon April 03, 2017
So sorry to hear of Credon passing. Thinking of you and your girls and grandson. Hope the love of CHRIST will sustain you in these coming days. We remained friends from our Roxbury days GOD BLESS

Mike Yocum
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
There are no words to express what a great man Merrill was. His professionalism serving the airline industry trickled over to what are now long-term lasting friendships. I hold many fond memories of Merrill when we worked together at Piedmont and US Air Express that will always remain in my heart.

Thank you for being a good friend, Merrill.

God bless you~Mike & Marci

Donna and Debbie Lohman
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Our sympathy and prayers go with you Barbara, and your family. We will miss Merrill. He was a gentle soul.

Cindy Mentzer
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

   Posted Wed April 05, 2017



Beth (Keith) Zeiler, Saint Thomas, PA
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
Barb & Girls - So sorry to hear of Merril's passing. I remember him teaching dad how to fly and how he would bank the plane or do a stall and scare us then laugh.

Beth (Keith) Zeiler, Saint Thomas, PA

Matilyn Kranzel, Mechanicsburg, PA
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
"Barbara and Daughters"

So sorry for the loss of Merrill. Although we are neighbors in the same community, I am sorry that we didn't get to know you or Merrill. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!

Marilyn Kranzel & John Stoner

Christine(Paronish) & George Wolanin
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
Barbara & Daughters,
I'm so very sorry for your loss Barbara. My prayers with you & your family. Love & Prayers

Christine(Paronish) & George Wolanin

joseph mcn. mccarthy
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
I offer you and your family my sincere condolence for the loss of Merrill.
He was a great and gentle man whom will be missed by all .
Joseph M. McCarthy

Gregory Zahornacky
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
A Man of integrity, a true mentor and fine pilot. I will miss this man with my whole heart and soul. The times we flew together were truly magical. I've never laughed so hard or learned so much. Rest in Peace my dear friend... You were an inspiration to not only me, but to countless pilots and others along your path of life.

" fly west is the last check we all must take". Love ya buddy...

Ray and Mary Swartz
   Posted Thu April 06, 2017
Barb and family, Sorry to hear of Credon death. We wish to express our sincere sympathy, he was a great friend. We will miss him.435

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