Gary Bridgman

Gary Lee Bridgman

The Dalles, Ore.

September 9, 1943 - May 1, 2014

On May 1, 2014 Gary Lee Bridgman of The Dalles, Oregon, left this world to be forever with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Gary was born September 9, 1943 in Winston, Missouri to Vern and Pauline Bridgman. He married his best friend and love of his life, Vonda (Hines) Bridgman on October 5, 1963. Along with his wife Vonda, he leaves his daughters; Debi Bridgman of Pendleton, OR and children; Natalie, Heath, and Ani; Alaina Oster of The Dalles, OR and children; Jared, Samantha, and Natasha; Shae and husband Mike Kasinger of The Dalles, OR and children; Jaden, Levi, Hunter, Makenzie and Corey, his brother Bruce and wife Shelia Bridgman of Gallatin, Mo along with many relatives in the mid-west. Gary is preceded in death by his parents and grandson Micah Kimball.
Gary’s joy was in knowing Jesus personally, living his faith, and serving others. He was with the 101st Airborne Division from 1962-65, he received his MA in teaching, and taught Industrial Arts and coached for 34 years. For the last 10 years he and Vonda have been members of MMAP (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program). His passions outside of teaching included; hunting, fishing, building projects, taxidermy, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
We will miss him very much and someday soon we will be reunited again. To God be the glory.
A celebration of life will be held at Calvary Baptist Church – 3350 Columbia View Drive, The Dalles. Saturday May 17th at 1:00 pm
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: and/or

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brandismith86 4 years, 5 months ago

Sending my Condolences to the family of Mr. Bridgman. May god be with his children and wife Vonda through this hard time.

Mr. Bridgman was my one and only favorite wood shop teacher all through high school he helped me so much and taught me more than I could ever ask for. He taught me everything from how to use each and every saw or tool in the wood shop to how to read blueprints. I made many things in his class including a Hope Chest, Dresser, Sewing Desk, Coffee Table and the uncountable cutting boards. I also helped make over 50 picnic tables for Hu-Nah-Ha RV park in Elgin, OR. That was a blast! I could never wait to get to class with him he always had some kind of joke or pun to tell us, we were always laughing and having a great time. This man was was the most caring and considerate man I have ever met he always knew when you were sad or down and tried to talk through it with you or at least make you smile. I still have a picture that he drew up for me in 2001 of an old dead tree and it has hung on my wall for the last 12 years it just means so much more to me now knowing now that is all I will ever have. Gary will be missed by many, through out his life he made a huge impression on hundreds of people. I am thankful to say that I was one of those and I am forever grateful I got to know him and be blessed with his many kind words. The entire Bridgman family will be in my thoughts and prayers! May god bless you all.

I wish I could make it to his celebration on life but just finding out today that is not enough time for me to find a babysitter and drive all that way since I live in La Grande, OR


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