Lawrence E Bridges1,2

#3566, (18 November 1936 - 15 May 2011)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Otto E. Bridges1 (1899 - 1950)
Mother*Frances E Irwin1 (1906 - 1981)
Birth*18 November 1936He was born on 18 November 1936.1 
3 May 1940He appeared on the census of 3 May 1940 in the household of Otto E. Bridges and Frances E Irwin at 627 W. 7th, Black Twp., Posey Co., IndianaG, age 3, b. IN.3 
Death24 July 1981He reported the death of Frances E Irwin on 24 July 1981 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IndianaG.4 
Death*15 May 2011He died on 15 May 2011 at Posey Co., IndianaG, at age 74.1 


  1. [S403] Schneider Funeral Home, online \\,… "Ret. Larry E. Bridges (74) of Mt. Vernon, 74, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 11:16 PM. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Gloria (Stratton), two sons, Timothy Roy of HaHiaWa, Ha. & wife Abby, Rodney Keith of Bloomington, In & his wife Susan, two daughters. Tammy Jill & husband Kelly Winiger of Mt. Vernon, Robin Denise & husband David Papariella of Evansville, eight grandchildren, Zachary (Louisville, Ky.) Kayci Winiger, Brittney, Brock & Abby Papariella, Rion, Colton & Sean Bridges, one sister, Evelyn Dissler, nieces and nephews.

    Larry was preceded in death by two grandsons, Matthew Aaron Papariella (1985) & Christopher Matthew (Katsup) Winiger (2004) and parents Frances (1981) and Otto (1950) Bridges of Mt. Vernon, a brother Roy Lee, four sisters, Ella Marvel, Lillian Sheretz, Freida Saltzman and Wanda Ames.

    Lt Col Bridges started his military service in 1954 with a three year tour in the Navy. In 1961 Larry joined the Army as a Pvt. In 1965 Larry graduated from OCS as a 2nd Lt. His army career included two tours in Viet Nam. Lt. Col. Bridges received many awards in his Military service including a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and three Purple hearts, the Army Commendation Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Combat Infantryman Badge, a Good Conduct Medal (Navy and Army), a Parachutist Badge, a Viet Nam Forces Reserve Medal w/6 Campaign Stars, a Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, four overseas Service Bars, Republic of Viet Nam Staff Service Medal-1st class, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

    After Larry’s retirement from the Army in 1978 he was employed at GE in Mt. Vernon. He retired from GE in 1997. He was the Senior Safety Engineer and head of security at General Electric. He was a member of the Evansville Area Safety Council and received the Lahigh Scarab Award and the Jaycees Achievement Award.

    Larry was an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ. the Republican National Committee and was the Republican precinct chairman Black 7, Elks Club (past Exalted Ruler), V.F.W. Commander for 7 years, American Legion, Western Hills Country Club (past president), member of the Sheriffs Merit Board ( past president) and was a special deputy sheriff, Elfin Society (voted Elfin of the year in 2004). He was responsible for the building of the first Habitat house in Mt. Vernon...

    Larry served his community in various ways. He was a member of the American Cancer Society Board and was on the board of the American Red Cross. Larry’s passion was the Posey County Food Bank. He volunteered every Friday. Many times he did not feel like it, but his heart went out to the needy people of Posey County.

    Larry received his BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Park College, Kansas City, in 1974. He finished his MSE from Murray State in 1984.
  2. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Lawrence, age 3, b. IN.
  3. [S346] 1940 U.S. Federal Census. Otto (40), b. IN, flour mill worker; Fran (33), b. IN; same res. 1935.
  4. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011/2017, Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900–2011, 1981, roll 14, img. 863/2031. State No. 81-026849, Local No. 1371. Frances E Bridges, b. IL 10 Apr 1906, dau. of Walter Erwin and Delia Jines, wid., res. 465 W. Ninth St., Mt. Vernon, Posey Co. IN, housewife; d. Deaconess Hospital, Evansville IN, 24 Jul 1981, age 75, respiratory arrest, metastatic adeno carcinoma colon; inf. Larry Bridges, res. 1416 Harriett St., Mt. Vernon IN; bur. Bellefontaine Cemetery 27 Jul 1981, online