Kenneth Warren Bridges (1933 - 2014)

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Kenneth Warren Bridges
8/31/1933 - 1/1/2014


Kenneth Warren Bridges took one more flight in the heavens on January 1, 2014. He was born August 31, 1933, son of Kenneth and Alice Bridges in Oakland, California and later moving to Pasadena, California.
Ken served in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957. While serving, he quickly earned his Navy "wings" and became an admired Naval Flight Instructor. His expertise in flying and decision making accredited him as a well respected instructor by his students and fellow pilots.
Upon his return to California, Ken joined Aerojet General Corporation in Rancho Cordova in 1958 where he worked for 35 years as Chief Project Engineer on the Titan Rocket Propulsion Program. Ken became well known among his peers and colleagues as "Mr. Titan". Over the span of his career, Ken and his colleagues helped design numerous government and civilian Titan rocket projects including designing the rocket engines for the Mercury and Gemini space programs and the Orbiting Maneuvering engines for the Space Shuttle program.
Ken had enjoyed Lake Tahoe throughout his entire life starting at a very young age. He loved boating, camping and hiking on and around the lake. Ken and his family were blessed to have made many very dear, life-long friends while vacationing together over many years at Camp Richardson's in South Lake Tahoe. Ken and his wife also enjoyed their "cabin in the woods" on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe for the past 27 years.
Ken resided with his wife in Granite Bay for the past 51 years. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Helen Grace Bridges who had passed away on January 15, 2013. Ken is survived by his daughter, Lori Kim Polk; son, Scott and his wife Kathy; four grandchildren: Nicole Polk, Tyler Polk, Alyssa Bridges and Daniel Bridges; along with three great-grandchildren. Ken lived his life with integrity, modesty and pride. He lived life to its fullest and it was a life well lived. Ken will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In accordance with Ken's wishes, there will be no formal service held. In lieu of flowers, his family requests for those who knew him to take a moment to reflect upon special times shared with Ken. If you would like to make a donation on Ken's behalf please send your donation to the "Keep Tahoe Blue" organization at www.keeptahoeblue.org.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 17, 2014
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