Rex J. Bridges, 74, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Schneck Medical Center.
Born Feb. 17, 1943, in Scottsburg, he was the son of Everett and Marie Johnson Bridges. On June 13, 1970, he married Nita Bozarth of Tuscola, Illinois. She survives.
After graduating from Tuscola High School, Rex attended the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana University, where he received degrees in education and health sciences. He taught driver’s education for Atterbury Job Corps in Edinburgh 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 member of First United Methodist Church, Model A Restorers Club of Columbus and the Ohio River Valley Oliver Collectors.
He was an 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.
Other survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth Marie (John) Burnette of Breckenridge, Colorado; son, Paul Riley Bridges of Seymour; grandchildren, Marie Josephine and John Deputy Burnette, both of Breckenridge; Mose Day Burnette of Boulder, Colorado; a sister, Mardena (Paul) Michelson of Davis, California; nephew, Max Everett Michelson of San Diego, California; brothers-in-law, Alan Stahl, Peoria, Illinios, John (Susan) Bozarth of Panama City, Florida, and David (Cheryl) Bozarth of Tuscola; and his nieces and nephews and their descendants.
A funeral service, conducted by Voss and Sons Funeral Service, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Seymour. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery near Commiskey.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared with the family at vossfuneralservice.com.