Rev. Irvin Darnall officiated at the services. Burial followed in Trigg Memory Acres in Cadiz, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion.
Mr. Bridges died on Thursday, March 9, 2006, at 6 a.m., at Western Kentucky Veteran’s Center in Hanson of natural causes.
Mr. Bridges was born on September 11, 1920, in Cadiz. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Mae “Lizzie” Bridges.
Mr. Bridges was a charter member of Maple Grove Baptist Church; member of Cadiz Masonic Lodge #121; veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Service Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal w/4 Bronze Stars, and the WWII Victory Medal; was a retired Stationary Engineer from St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, Ill.; retired from KY State Penitentiary in Eddyville; carpenter; and former owner of Ritchie’s Odds & Ends in Cadiz.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a grandson, John Evan Venturella; a great-grandchild; and his mother and father-in-law, Marvin Delbert and Elva Mae McCoy Dixon.
Survivors include his wife of 59+ years, Willie Mae Dixon Bridges; three sons and daughters-in-law, Richie Dale Bridges of Cadiz, Ronnie and Debra Bridges of Roaring Springs, and Bruce and Debra Bridges of Merrillville, Ind.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Venturella of Schererville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Music was provided by some of Ritchie’s favorite gospel music tapes.
Serving as pallbearers were Mike Dixon, Maj. Mitchell Dixon, Andy Anderson, Tim Lacheta, Larry Steck, and A.J. Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers were John Venturella, Collin Bridges, Cody Bridges, Lacy Clayton Dixon, Donald Dixon, Cori Bridges, Marian Bridges, Sonja Keller, Sarah Cohe, Wendy Cummins, and Stacy Jones.