Lifelong McCleary/Elma resident Larry Bridenback passed away on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. It was his 73 birthday. He was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Elma, Washington, to Richard Bridenback and Shirley (Farrar) Bridenback Rakoski.
Larry graduated from Elma High School in 1964, then attended Grays Harbor College. He worked at Simpson Door Plant for 38 years. After retiring, Larry served on the Elma School Board for 14 years. During that time, he also served on the District 4 School Board and as a state school board WIAA representative. He was a hunter, fisherman and avid supporter of all things Elma.
Larry is survived by sisters Pamela Bridenback and Janet Bridenback Dykstra, niece Karli (Torey) Mielke, great nieces Summer and Tilley, step-siblings Connie, Charles, Craig and Christine Rakoski, and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley, stepfather Ted Rakoski, nephew Kevin Bridenback and step-nephew Ryan Clark.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.. at the Elma High School gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elma Wrestling Booster Club at P.O. Box 2125, Elma, WA 98541.
Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary