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McMURTRY, Sr., Thomas Charles
McMURTRY, Sr., Thomas Charles Age 79 passed away January 3, 2015 of complications from a stroke. Thomas was born to George & Helen McMurtry in Crawfordsville, Ind., on June 4, 1935 and attended local schools in Rockville, Ind. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. Thomas then entered the U.S. Navy where he was an A-3D pilot and eventually graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School at Pax River, Md. In 1964 he began working for Lockheed Martin flying the U-2. He then joined NASA-AFRC in 1967 and flew a variety of aircraft including the SR-71 and 747 Shuttle Carrier. He retired from NASA and flew for Wolfe Air where he piloted aircraft conducting aerial videography in the film industry and professional sporting events until he had a stroke in January 2012. He was nominated for Screen actors Guild Award for Transformers 3. Throughout his life, he owned antique airplanes and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially through aviation and sports-related activities. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Mary Louise Endres, eight children; nine grandchildren, and his brother George and wife Margaret. Visitation will be held Friday, January 9, 2015 from 4 to 8pm with a vigil service at 6:30pm at Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals & Cremations , Lancaster. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:30pm at Father Serra Parish, Quartz Hill with interment to follow at Good Shepherd Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Carmelite Sisters of Alhambra or Father Serra Parish.

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