John David Bridges
February 27, 1939 ‒ July 21, 2019
John David Bridges, age 80, of Marion, died Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital following a battle with cancer.
On February 27, 1939, Dave was born in Ashland, Kentucky. He was the second of five children of the late John Lester and Lillian Ruth (Fields) Bridges. As a family, they moved to Marion, Ohio, when he was very young. Dave attended Marion Harding High School, and was Vice President of his class.
Shortly after high school, Dave met a young lady while at a friends house. He offered Catherine Sue Taylor a ride home, which led to a night out at the drive in movie theater. Dave and Cathy married soon thereafter, on June 19, 1958. They were great dancing partners, who cherished their sixty one years together.
A hard worker, Dave retired from Eaton Corporation after 42 years. He was a skilled tool and dye maker, and upside down dye setter. He also worked numerous other jobs throughout his life. Dave was well liked and respected by his co-workers.
An outdoorsman, Dave was happiest when he was outside enjoying nature. He and Cathy spent much of their summer in their cottage near Lake Erie. He was an avid fisherman, often enjoying time on his boat, fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed camping, hunting, trapping, and hitting the open road on his Honda Gold Wing. He was also a member of the Marion Masonic Lodge #70.
Very handy and dependable, Dave would often be his family’s first call for help. He was truly a great man with a huge heart, always willing to do anything for anyone.
Dave will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Catherine Bridges of Marion; three children: Jean (Charles) Seitz, John David Bridges Jr., both of Cardington, and Scott (Charlotte Kimes) Bridges of Fulton; four grandchildren: Shawn Seitz, Eric Seitz, Scott Kimes, and Aaron (Jessica) Kimes; three great-grandchildren: Aaron Jr., Kaden, and Kayla Kimes; a sister, Angie (Raymond) Gay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Dave was preceded in death by three siblings: Bobbie Jean Bridges, Sharon Sawyer, and Michael “Micky” Bridges.
His family will greet friends from Noon – 2 pm on Friday, July 26, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion. Services honoring his life will be held there at 2 pm, with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Dave’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.