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“Dan, this is Mary Lipscomb (Mathison) from Plymouth. I was so sorry to hear about your dad. He was always such a kind and loving man. You reminded...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Mathison - Indianapolis, IN

“Steve was full of joy and humor! We loved having him come to the Y for adaptive swim lessons & Trail Buddies. We are all very blessed to have...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Rebekah Coffey - Fort Wayne, IN

“Steve was a wonderfully funny and tolerant neighbor when I was growing up. So much so, he promised to marry me (when I was four) despite our fourteen...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Janet Jordan Altmeyer - IN

“Thinking of you Julie and Andrew. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Scott Morrow - Fennville, MI

“I had the privilege to work with Steve in Southwest Allen Co Schools. He and his wife were also neighbors of ours in Oak Borough. Always a wave or...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Beverly Wassouf - Fort Wayne, IN

“Many of my best childhood memories from 1952-1964 were with my friend Steve Riethmiller. And from what I have read here, he became a great teacher,...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Pressler - Merrimack, NH

“Dear Donna,Danny and Julie, Please know we share in the loss of Steve our dear neighbor,friend,colleague and all around great guy.Like others there...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jim and Martha Leinker - NC

“SO enjoyed working with Steve. We sat on many committees together and he was always able to lighten the mood with his wonderful sense of humor. May...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Sarratore - Brigantine, NJ

“God Bless you Stewie and Donna. Some of my most memorable moments during high school were that of Stewie and I hanging out together. And he was a...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Greg Fenters - Elkins, WV


10 of 18 | Posted by: Jackie Curtin - Fort Wayne, IN

“Donna, I am so sad for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Cindy Welker Landmeier - IN

“A GOOD TEACHER HAS A PASSION FOR THE SUBJECT MATTER AND FOR THE STUDENTS THEY TEACH. STEVE HAD BOTH IN EXCESS. STEVE WAS ENTHUSIASTIC FOR WHATEVER...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Terry Hippensteel - Fishers, IN

“Our deepest condolences to the Riethmiller family. Steve was a wonderful teacher and a gentle man. Respected by students, parents, and co-workers as...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Dennis & Kathy Fredrick - IN

“Steve was "one of a kind"...there wasn't a day that I taught with him that he didn't make me smile. He was such a wonderful teacher and touched so...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Joanie Pauwels - The Villages, FL

“So sorry Donna for your loss. May God give you and your family the strength to get through this very difficult time. May God bless your husband of...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Sandy Macy - Chappells, SC

“I still have many fond memories of science class at Woodside with Mr. Riethmiller. He made science fun and impacted so many of us. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Jane Andreatta - Lexington, KY

“To Donna and family, Don and I are so sorry for your loss. Steve was one of my favorite bosses. He had a heart of gold and was respected by his team...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Cathy Wright - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so saddened by the news of Steves passing. What a joy and a blessing to have known him for even a short time. His smile was infectious. His...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Dawn Staton - Fort Wayne, IN


Steven Paul Riethmiller, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Born on April 21, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late William Paul and Jean (Oldach) Riethmiller. Steve earned an Undergraduate degree from Manchester College and a Master's degree from the University of Saint Francis. He then began his teaching career at Woodside Middle School where he taught science, coached football and wrestling. He also scouted during the Homestead High School football season. Steve later became the Director of Technology for Southwest Allen County School retiring from that position in 2005. Later returning to the classroom to teach biology and environmental science at Keystone and Horizon Christian Academy. As an educator Steve was named the Indiana Science Teacher of the Year. Served on the Board of Directors of McMillen Health Center and Indiana Computer Educators. He also received a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to study the costal ecosystems of Northern Ireland. Steve volunteered as Bill the Lion, at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and in the pediatric unit of Lutheran Children's Hospital. He was an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church, where he served on several committees and participated in many church- sponsored community outreach programs. Steve touched many lives, left many footprints, and will be remembered for his devotion to his family, love of life, spirit of adventure, sense of humor and his ongoing joy of learning and teaching. The family wishes to thank the many friends and families who have shared our journey, the staff and residents of Coventry Meadows who turned a long-term care facility into a home and the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home staff who provided comfort and peace to Steve and his family. He survived by his wife of 48 years, Donna (Bridges) Riethmiller; son, Daniel W. (Brittany) Riethmiller; daughter, Julie McGinley; grandchildren, Cadence, Myles, Maddox, Brooks, and Emery Riethmiller; brothers, David (Kim) Riethmiller, Tom (Teresa) Riethmiller; and several loving nieces and nephews, and in-laws. A Memorial service will be at 11am on Saturday, August 24 at the Plymouth Congregational Church Berry Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802. Visitation will be from 5-8pm on August 23, 2019 at the church. To honor and celebrate Steve's indelible spirit, please wear red, orange, or other brightly- colored clothing to his service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations in Steve's name to Plymouth Congregational Church, Lutheran Children's Hospital, or Fort Wayne Children's Zoo