He was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Carl R. Riedel and Eveline (Studler) Riedel. He was married on Aug. 11, 1962, to Marna Kay (Goshert) Riedel, who preceded him in death on March 1, 2011.
Richard was a 1954 graduate of Northside High School, Fort Wayne, and then served in the U.S. Army. Richard worked for many years for Goshert Insurance as a Crop Insurance Agent and General Insurance Agent. He had also worked in sales for 15 years for United Telephone Company retiring in 2000.
He was on the Board of Directors of CASA of Kosciusko County, was a member of Boy Scouts of America and volunteered for many church functions. He enjoyed riding his Can-Am Spyder, traveling, musical shows and he especially enjoyed his family.
He is survived by his two daughters: Paula B. (David) Spolski, Claypool/Beaver Dam, Ind.; Laura J. (Fred) Closs, Rock Hill, S.C.; two grandchildren: Justin and Brandon Larrabee, both of Claypool; and his sister: Helene Evans, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother: Fritz Riedel.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw, Ind. His funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and is to be officiated by Pastor Jeff Pfeifer. Private burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be directed to CASA of Kosciusko County, 121 North Lake Street, Warsaw, IN 46580; or Boy Scouts of America, Anthony Wayne Area Council, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.