Bob and Connie Thrush celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by flying their airplane N640SU — a fixed-wing, single engine two-seater that Bob built — to the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

AirVenture is the largest fly-in in the world with more than 12,000 airplanes participating. The couple was able to spend time in Pierre, SD on the way to Oshkosh.

On the return home they stopped to visit Mt. Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial and then spent three days in Yellowstone Park.

Bob and Connie met while students at Oregon State University. Bob graduated in Forest Management in 1963 and Connie in Home Economics Education in 1967. They were married June 15, 1963, in Medford.

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They raised their three sons Todd, Troy and Timm in the Rogue Valley. Their youngest son Timm graduated from Bandon High School in 1991. They designed and built their home on the site of the Old Prosper School 15 years ago.

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