Steven  Reithmiller


FORT WAYNE [mdash] Steven Paul Riethmiller, 71, of Fort Wayne, passed away at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. He was 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 and 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. He served on the board of directors of McMillen Health Center and Indiana Computer Educators. He also received a Lilly Endowment Fellowship to study the coastal 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 and Tom (Teresa) Riethmiller; and several loving nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 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.
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Published on August 18, 2019
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Angela Pheifer
Aug 23, 2019
Blue Caribbean was purchased for the family of Steven Reithmiller by Angela Pheifer.  Send flowers
Mike and Holly Glick
Aug 18, 2019
Steve was the greatest person to ever work at SACS. He was our "Buddy" guy at Lafayette Central. We have such wonderful memories with him and great teachers who wrote for the grant that gave our kids a huge step up. When those kids reached middle school they became the technology teachers!! He will always be remembered and in our hearts. God bless you Reithmiller family.
Kim Auman-Faley
Aug 18, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. What an amazing man he was! My prayers are with you and your family.
J.B. Kapp
Aug 18, 2019
Dan and Julie, so sorry to hear this news. There are few fathers talked about with such respect and fondness as your father was by our friends who knew him well. Thinking of you and your family now and this coming week. May he rest in peace.
Douglas Childes
Aug 18, 2019
It is with great sadness that I read about Steve’s passing. He was a great neighbor and high school buddy. He will be missed.
Aug 17, 2019