Rick D Bridges


Rick D. Bridges, lifelong resident of Neosho, died September 4, 2018. He was 63.

Rickey Darrell Bridges was born August 8, 1955, the son of Fred Roy and Della Mae (née Wallace) Bridges. He and his high school sweetheart, Ginger (née Hampton), were married August 30, 1974.

As the son of a dairy farmer, farming was always a significant part of his life. In high school, he was active as an officer in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and member of the state champion soils team. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1973. Following school, he served his country three years in the United States Army stationed in Germany as a mechanic.

Rick brought his family back to southwest Missouri to pursue farming. He enjoyed baling hay, building fence, tending to his livestock, and producing a good steak for others to enjoy. He often worked and seldom rested. In his final days, he rediscovered the grace of God in the gospel of God. After a life of working hard and nearly two years battling cancer, the assurance of knowing the forgiveness of his Lord, savior, and king, Jesus Christ, brought the rest he needed.

Rick Bridges--beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, farmer, and cattleman--will be greatly missed by his family and all who truly knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of forty-four years, Ginger; their two children, J.D. Bridges (wife, Amy) of DeLand, FL and Christy Martin (husband, Todd) of Neosho; six grandchildren (Riley Martin, Brady Martin, Ella Bridges, Reid Bridges, Ivy Bridges, and Jack Bridges); and his four brothers.

A special memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Burch Baptist Church (19754 Goldfinch Rd Neosho, Missouri 64850) in memory of Rick Bridges.
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Brenda Ehrhart-Baker
Sep 09, 2018
Ginger, my thoughts and prayers are with you as your heart aches. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Heather Fitch
Sep 09, 2018
U Will be missed
David & Wendy Arivett
Sep 08, 2018
So Sorry for your loss. Rick was a great person. Love and prayers for all your family. Times like these are so hard. May God comfort your family. We always enjoyed time we spent with you two.
Deanna Conness
Sep 07, 2018
So sorry Ginger for your loss, praying for you guys. No more bugging you guys at the restaurant!
Dave Crocker
Sep 07, 2018
A good, salt of the earth man who will be missed by all that knew him.God bless the Bridges family
Kathy & Don Pawson
Sep 07, 2018
J D and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Times like this are never easy. May you be comforted by God’s true and Holy Word.
Let not your hearts be trouble. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my fathers house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again I will take you to myself, that where I am you may also be. And you know the way to where I am going. John 14:1-4
Lloyd Burbank.
Sep 06, 2018
I knew Rick from high school and went through basic training with him. He was a very good and honorable man.
Mike West
Sep 06, 2018
Rick was a wonderful Man. I have known him many years and always enjoyed our times of conversation and his friendliness. He is now in the arms of Jesus! Blessings
Theresa Owens Kelly
Sep 06, 2018
Ginger, I remember you and Rick on Sr. bench back his senior year a few times. I would be coming out of band class. You would be wearing his FFA jacket . Rick was such a great guy. You and your family are in my prayers.