George Lt. Cmdr U.S. Navy "Sonny" Thrush

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THRUSH, Lt. Cmdr., George "Sonny", U.S. Navy

Sonny was escorted to his heavenly home on March 5, 2011 after a long fight with Alzheimer's Disease. He was born in Spokane on September 19, 1936. He graduated from North Central High School in 1954. He attended Gonzaga University, EWU and received his Master's Degree from San Diego State. Upon graduating from EWU, he received his commission as an Ensign in the US Navy and was sent to San Diego to train as a Navy Seal. He spent 27 years in the Navy. While in San Diego, he met his wife, Jean and together they had four children.
In 2000, he attended a NCHS reunion and remet a classmate, Elaine Dahl and they were married in 2001. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 11 months after they were married.
Sonny is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; children, Shawn (Dorothy), Patrick (DiAnne), Kelly Hainline (Steve) and Katy Sanford (Andy) and eight grandchildren.
Celebration of Sonny's life will be on Saturday, March 12 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5810 S. Meadowlane Rd., Spokane at 2:00 P. M.
The family would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Day Spring Unit for their loving care of our dear Sonny. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Spokane .

Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2011
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