Rex J Bridges, 74, of Seymour, Indiana, passed away on April 19th, 2017, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
Born February 17th, 1943, in Scottsburg, Indiana, he was the son of Everett and Marie Johnson Bridges. On June 13th, 1970, he married Nita Bozarth of Tuscola, Illinois.
After graduating from Tuscola High School in Tuscola, Illinois, Rex attended Southern Indiana University and IndianaUniversity where he received degrees in education and health sciences. He taught driver’s education for Atterbury Job Corps in Edinburgh, Indiana, and later worked for the Jackson County Health Department in Seymour. Rex retired from the Dairy Division of the Indiana State Board of Health in 2005.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He loved his family and his farms. Rex was passionate about his family’s heritage and took particular pride in receiving the Hoosier Homestead Farm Award in 1992; an award granted for having kept a farm in the same family for more than 100 years. In addition to raising Hereford cattle, Rex loved driving and working on his Oliver tractors and his antique and classic cars.
Rex is survived by his wife, Nita, Seymour; daughter, Elizabeth Marie (John) Burnette, Breckenridge Colorado; son, Paul Riley Bridges, Seymour; grandchildren, Marie Josephine and John Deputy Burnette, Breckenridge, Colorado, Mose Day Burnette, Boulder, Colorado; a sister, Mardena (Paul) Michelson, Davis, California; nephew, Max Everett Michelson, San Diego, California. In addition, he leaves brothers-in-law, Alan Stahl, Peoria, Illinois, John (Susan) Bozarth, Panama City,Florida, David (Cheryl) Bozarth, Tuscola, Illinois, and his nieces and nephews and their descendants.
A funeral service will be conducted by Voss and Sons Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22nd, at The First United Methodist Church (201 East Third Street Street) in Seymour. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery nearCommiskey, Indiana.
Family and friends may gather from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21st, at The United Methodist Church and from 10 a.m.until time of service on Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery.