John David Bridges

February 27, 1939 ‒ July 21, 2019

Marion, Ohio

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

  • I’m so sorry to hear of uncle Dave’s passing. He was a great man and I loved him very much. May God bless you in your time of sorrow. He will live in our hearts forever. ….Tonda (Taylor) Bentley.

  • sorry for your loss dad will welcome David with open arms lots of memories with him and dad and uncle billy Mickey Pickin and grinnin. On the guitars every weekend trips to Fremont and fishing

  • Cathy & family so sorry for the loss of David ..his kindness & being A loving member of our family has been a blessing ..Always a good time with David / Cathy !! He will be missed but never forgotten …RIP David

  • So very sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort and peace to be with the family during this time.

  • So sorry to hear you are gone. I will always remember being treated with respect by you. You welcomed me into your house on numerous Christmases and ThanksGivings. I enjoyed sitting and listening to your stories more then you knew, you reminded me of my dad sitting and telling his stories when i was young. Thanks for that. I loved you like a dad but never told you. Fly high and be free.

  • So sorry for the loss of John. I knew the whole family and spent many nights with a sleep over with Sharon ! Prayers for Peace and Comfort at this time for all concerned.

  • So sorry to read of the passing of a childhood neighbor friend. I visited his home many times on Milburn Avenue to play with him and his siblings and I spent many sleep overs with Bobbie as well. Those were good times when we were children.

    Then I ran into David at Kroger a few years back. He looked the same as he did when we were kids. I was working in the cheese shop at Kroger at that time, with Sue Bayles who was a relative of Davids and she praised David highly.

    Rest in peace my childhood friend. “Until we meet again”.

    Janice (Winslow) Harper