Charles William Riedmiller

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April 24, 1929 - February 10, 2024

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Tuesday, February 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Messiah


St. Joseph Cemetery

Chuck was born in Columbus, Ohio, and grew up in German Village with his German immigrant family. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's School, where he played trombone in the band. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Robert Riedmiller, his mother Inez Park Riedmiller, and his infant baby sister, Rosemary. Chuck's mother died when he was 20 months old, and he was raised by his father and Aunt Hannah. He married Dona Carter Riedmiller in 1948 and is survived by their three daughters, Deborah Riedmiller, Rebecca Sigler, and Stephanie Riedmiller. He is also survived by his step daughter,Tanya Ball, six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

In his early career he was a vendor supplier for North American. Later, he held various positions for the Ford Motor Company. In retirement, he became a school bus driver for Worthington Schools. In this position, his coworkers held him in high-esteem, and he became President of the Worthington Classified Association. Also in retirement, he regularly volunteered for Worthington Schools at Colonial Hills Elementary.

He was an active member of the Westerville Senior Center where he often participated in trips and events. Chuck was an avid golfer. He could remember how every hole at every course was laid out. Chuck was even one of the lucky few who was able to make a hole in one. In his younger years, Chuck enjoyed bowling and at one point was only one strike away from a perfect 300 game. He never boasted or bragged about these achievements, but the family enjoyed hearing about these feats. In his later life he loved to travel around the country. Among his favorite trips were New York City, the Grand Canyon, and a weekend at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. He loved to visit his stepdaughter and her family in Florida, especially in the winter.

He loved to stay at home and took great pride in a beautiful lawn. He liked nice cars, and would never be seen driving a dirty, messy car. He loved clothes and always enjoyed looking his best. Chuck liked to eat home cooked meals and had many favorite foods: his favorites were spaghetti, chocolate cake, and chocolate ice cream. He ate healthy, but he had a strong sweet tooth, and he never turned down a dessert or a piece of candy. It was fun to cook for Chuck because he liked just about everything.

Chuck never let the grass grow under his feet, he was always doing something. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and cryptoquotes every morning. He enjoyed reading, especially books about current events and history. He was a self-learned expert on World War II. One of his favorite pastimes was running errands. He would happily go anywhere and get anything that was needed, sometimes even going to Kroger three times in one day.

Everyone liked Chuck. Those who met him found he had a pleasant personality and was always polite and kind. He never complained and was easy going. He liked to be around people and always had a smile on his face. It was not uncommon for his daughters to hear from complete strangers how nice a man their father was. He had a mild and calm demeanor that drew people to him.

But out of all the things Chuck would want you to know about him, he would want you to know he was extremely proud of his family. He took great pride in his three daughters. Throughout his life he made time to support their activities and interests whether they were children or adults. Similarly, he loved being a grandparent. He took an interest in his grandchildren's lives as well and always loved hearing his daughters tell stories about them. He never failed to remember what they were doing in their young lives. Like his daughters, whenever he could, he would support them by attending their activities and events. This brought him great joy.

His life was long; it was full; it was happy. Rest in peace dear, sweet man.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Messiah, Westerville, Ohio. Pastor Sharon Beattie officiating. Burial at Saint Joseph Cemetery immediately following the service.


Regina Malley - Feb 18, 2024

Chuck was the kindergarten bus driver for many years when I taught at Wilson Hill. The parents of my students were so glad that Mr Riedmiller was the one delivering their precious cargo. When he retired a second time, we took up a collection to give him a gift card at a golf store. So I really knew Chuck many years before I became friends with Stephanie. Anyone would admire the devotion she has shown both her parents including the special activities and road trips. Rest in peace eternally Mr Riedmiller. It was a pleasure to know you.

Deb Karr - Feb 18, 2024

I am sorry for your loss. I bought my very first car from Chuck many moons ago when he was a salesman at Krieger Ford! He was extremely helpful and kind and he always had a smile on his face. RIP Chuck 💙💔

Diana Garrett - Feb 18, 2024

Such a lovely tribute…prayers for comfort and peace as you are reminded of his absence in the coming days💜 Much love, Diana & Mark

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