Rev. Charles Richard Thrush

March 17, 1923 ‒ August 08, 2011

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” was Christ’s command while teaching his disciples. For more than 40 years, Rev. Charles Thrush was devoted to his God and was a fine Baptist minister for many years. One of his greatest works in life, other than loving his wife, was to bring as many people as he could to Jesus Christ.

On Monday, August 8, 2011, Rev. Charles Richard Thrush, 88, of Bellville, passed away in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

Charles was born March 17, 1923 in Mansfield the son of Paul and Ethel (Dill) Thrush.

He served in the Army and was trained to fire AAA anti aircraft 40mm canons.

On June 30, 1950 he married Mildred Louise Echerd. Together they grew closer to the Lord, teaching their children to trust in Christ and his promises. As an adult, Charles felt God’s calling to minister and completed a home study pastoral course through Cokesbury, a christian resource center . Rev. Charles often served as substitute pastor for numerous area churches. He was a member of Free Will Baptist Church.

He worked for Westinghouse, then operated his own gas station and auto repair shop before working for Hollingsworth Tire. Charles then retired from Montgomery Ward’s automotive department.

At the age of 80, Charles had a desire to obtain his pilots license and soon after took his first lesson. Amazingly he was able to fly twice!

Charles had a knack for fixing things. He could repair just about any machine that had a motor and he also refurbished antiques.

Charles’ life was based on his great love for his God, wife, and family.

He is survived by his children Richard and Theresa Thrush of North Canton, Roger and Laura Thrush of Clemmons, North Carolina, Linda and Donald Swearingen of Columbus, and Michael and Jodi Thrush of Ontario; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; and one sister Verda May Barr.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife Mildred Thrush on May 17, 2009 and siblings Bill, Raymond, Margaret, and Robert Thrush.

Friends may call Thursday August 11, 2011 from 5-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am. Burial with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 will follow in Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made through the funeral home.