Beams Funeral Home


Jeffery Alan Thrush

January 13, 1958January 6, 2021

Jeffery Alan Thrush, age 62, of Orland, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Orland.

He was born on January 13, 1958 in Angola, Indiana to Paul D. and Retha J. (Coggeshall) Thrush.

Jeff grew up in Orland and graduated from Prairie Heights High School in 1976.

He was a machine repairman at Dana-Spicer in Fort Wayne for 24 years.

Jeff was a member of the American Legion Post # 423 SAL in Orland, and the Legion Riders. He took great pride honoring any fallen veterans while serving as a member of the Orland American Legion Post Honor Guard.

Jeff was a friend to many in the Orland Community, and enjoyed spending time with them and his family, and riding his Harley, and also kayaking. He was also known as for being willing to help anyone in a time of need, and didn’t expect anything in return.

Survivors include a son, Joshua Thrush of Colon, Michigan, a step-son, Brian Grace of Wall Lake, Orland, Indiana, a step-daughter, Dawn Matthews of Angola, Indiana, many grandchildren, two brothers, Glenn (Helen) Kessler of Sebring, Florida, and DeWayne (Julie) Thrush of Munith, Michigan, a sister-in-law, Alice Thrush of Wall Lake, Orland, Indiana, and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Kay Ann Roose, and a brother, Tony Thrush.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland, Indiana. Pastor Rodger Strong will officiate the service.

A dinner will follow the services at the Orland American Legion.


  • To The Family


  • Graveside Funeral Service

    Thursday, January 14, 2021


Jeffery Alan Thrush

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Dave Baileydavid

January 12, 2021

I met Jeff 5 years ago, but quickly became very good friends. He ended up becoming one of my closest friends. God must have a special place in heaven for him, because he certainly has a special place in Debbie's heart and mine. Godspeed my dear friend, see you on the other side.

Pam Sowles

January 11, 2021

We used to shoot pool 2005 and did at different times after that, looked forward to saying hey at the races, always a laugh was shared. Be at peace friend.

Norma Jean & Bob Kaplan

January 10, 2021

On the ready to laugh, enjoy, and help any one that needed help. His home was open to all. We will miss driving by stopping to say hi. Prayers to all the family, he will be missed.

Celia Motz

January 10, 2021

Jeff has been a good neighbor for many years. Rest in peace.

Randy Thomas

January 10, 2021

Jeff was a good man with a big heart. I always had a good time hanging out and having a cold one with him. I will miss seeing him when I come to Orland to visit. RIP MY FRIEND 🙏

Don Troyer

January 10, 2021

I will always remember Jeff’s laugh, and his humor in all the situations at work. He will truly be missed ! Godspeed Jeff, Godspeed!

john storer

January 10, 2021

Rest in peace my friend, may God bless you and yours.. Jeanie and I will miss you very much, we will ride again on the other side...

Tammy Charters

January 9, 2021

Our sincere condolences to his family. Jeff was a friend who will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers. RIP

April Sanders

January 9, 2021

I still remember the first time we met. We fondly coined the nicknames for each other as favorite neighbor guy and favorite neighbor girl. Fast friends and great neighbors, every single year living across the yard from you has been a blessing. A mutual understanding of helping each other out in times of need, keeping an eye on each other's place and a spot saved at the campfire with a cold beer at the ready. You my friend were someone I could rely on for just about anything. I will miss seeing you across the yard. I will miss laughs by the campfire with you. I will miss sitting in the garage for a beer and to catch the race on TV. I will miss chatting about your weekend kayaking with friends. I will miss our talks about solving the world's problems. I greatly miss you my friend. I love you neighbor guy. My only hope is you knew how much. Love, your favorite neighbor girl💗

Michelle Reid

January 9, 2021

Jeff and I have so many memories of JT, too many too share on this page. JT was a true friend, a friend you don't find very often. God Speed ❤❤ Jeff and Mindy Reid