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Richard Thomas Bridinger

June 12, 1980 — August 8, 2021


Richard Thomas Bridinger, 41, of Tiffin and formerly of Canal Winchester, passed away at 3:00 a.m., August 8, 2021, at his residence, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.

Richard was born June 12, 1980, in Tiffin to Richard and Roberta (Alley) Bridinger, and they survive in Tiffin.
He had married Claire Martin in 2009 and later they divorced in 2017.

Other survivors include the love of his life, a daughter, Madelyn Bridinger of Gahanna; a sister, Robin (Keith) Naugle of Tiffin; a niece, Macie Naugle; two Uncles, Tom Bridinger (his godfather) and Ryan (Jennifer) Alley; numerous cousins including his godson, Clayton Alley, and his godmother, Donna Hudacek.

He was preceded in death by Robert “Buck” and Nancy Alley, maternal grandparents; and Chalmer and Madeline Bridinger, paternal grandparents.

Rick was a 1999 Calvert High School graduate where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams all four years. In 2004 at Heidelberg College (then) he earned a Bachelor’s in Education, and in 2007, at Bowling Green State University, he earned his Master’s degree. He was an intervention specialist for the past 15 years.

He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets and enjoyed attending their games. He had also been a big Dale Earnhardt fan.  In his spare time, Rick enjoyed assembling complex Lego sets with his daughter.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Traunero Funeral Home and a Liturgical service will be at 12 noon, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Joseph Szybka.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Maddy Bridinger Education Fund.

The arrangements have been entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory,  214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, Ohio  44883, (419)447-3113.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory

214 South Monroe Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

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Funeral Liturgy

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

36 Melmore Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

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