Sky Scene 06

David Clifford McCormick

June 21, 1952 ~ August 11, 2019 (age 67)


High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds and done a hundred things you have not dreamed of -- wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence, hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. . . . up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace where never lark or even eagle flew. . . . and, while with  silent lifting mind I've trod the high untresspassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God.

                                                                                                                      John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

David Clifford McCormick, 67, was born on June 21, 1952 to Fred S. and Helen (Barto) McCormick.  Dave grew up in Dewart and then lived in later years in New Columbia, Spring Garden, Watsontown, and finally in Elimsport.

 Dave became a Christian at a young age under the guidance of his mother and the members of Washington Presbyterian Church in Allenwood.

 Dave graduated from Warrior Run High School in 1970 and specialized in Aviation Mechanics.  He always knew he wanted to be around airplanes.

 On June 12, 1981 Dave married the love of his life, Christa Lee Bryan. Together they built a life full of friends and family.

 He was employed by Eck’s Gargare, Inc. in Montoursville. 

 Dave listed his accomplishments as:  getting his pilot’s license and building and test flying his own airplane.  His hobbies were collecting aviation memorabilia, Road Race MGB, Drag Race 1972 Corvette, Pit Crew, Spencer Racing, demolition derbies, motorcycle hill climbs and his beloved fly-ins.

 He was a member of the AOPA, EAA, Sentimental Journey Fly-In, WRAP (Williamsport Area Pilots), and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He was a life-member of Piper Aviation Museum.

 Surviving besides his wife, Christa Bryan-McCormick, are a brother, Jon McCormick and his wife Linda; two sisters: Linda Hackenberg and her husband David and Deb Kerstetter and her husband Bob.  He was a wonderful god-father of Ben and Casey Drick and also a devoted uncle to nieces and nephews: Amber and Chad Kerstetter, Jason, Chad, and Adam McCormick, Kyle and Kurtis Bryan, and Anne Jacobs, and Greg and Luke Olenginski. 

 Family and friends are invited to a visition on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at Elimsport United Methodist Church, 16145 State Route 44 Highway, Allenwood where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Michael Hill officiating.  

Burial will be held privately in Elimsport Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, Dave’s family suggests contributions in his memory be made either to his church or Piper Museum, One Piper Way, Lock Haven, PA 17745 or at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brooks Funeral Home and Cremation Svc, PC, 124 Main Street, Watsontown.

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August 17, 2019

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Elimsport United Methodist Church
16145 State Route 44
Allenwood, PA 17810

Celebration of Life
August 17, 2019

12:00 PM
Elimsport United Methodist Church
16145 State Route 44
Allenwood, PA 17810

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