Ronald Rieder Obituary (1932 – 2021) – Emmaus, PA
Ronald H. Rieder was born on October 14, 1932 in Taylor, PA., Died on June 29 at the age of 88. Ron was the son of the late Helen (Roche) and Herbert Rieder. Ron leaves behind his 35-year-old loving wife Carol (Marone) Rieder, the children Randal Rieder (Cheryl) West Chester, PA, Mark Rieder (Lori) Brentwood, NH, Kathy Schoenen (Rob), Shillington, PA and Dana Hinson (Paul) Franklinville, NJ .. He loved and was proud of his 11 grandchildren – Sean, Rachel and Mathew Rieder, Jonathan, Nicole, Luke and Emily Rieder, Caitlin and Kevin Hinson, Trevor and Jay Schoenen. Ron also leaves nephews Noel Rieder, Jerry Rieder and Anthony Marone and niece Nina Marone, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Anthony and Deborah Marone, many cousins in the Scranton area and family from a previous marriage. Ron was previously deceased by his parents, his brother Robert and his former wife Laura Rieder. Special thanks to the friends and neighbors who have always helped and supported Ron and Carol, the Family Pillars Hospice and the staff at Whitehall Manor who have looked after Ron over the past few months.
Ron is a graduate of Taylor High School, East Stoudsburg State Teachers College, Lehigh University, and postgraduate degrees at Penn State University, Villanova University, and San Diego State University.
An avid tennis player Ron looked forward to taking to the courts with friends every Wednesday and Friday and then having breakfast on the Brass Rail. He loved watching and playing tennis and always dreamed of seeing all the major tennis tournaments. Ron attended the US Open for over 25 years, and later traveled to the French Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. One of his favorite tournaments was the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells, California, where he looked forward to seeing his favorite players up close. He also enjoyed watching players play the Miami Open. Ron loved walking and cycling. Neighbors always knew him from the way he walked and laughed when they saw him backwards up or down a hill. He didn’t like going to the beach, but he loved exploring the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. When he was there, he was often seen walking or biking 10-15 miles each day. Ron was a great buyer and loved buying gifts for family members. He was happy to spend an afternoon at the mall eating a hot dog at Dunderback or Yocco’s. Ron and Carol enjoyed traveling around the US and visiting many countries as well. As a human, Ron always found someone he knew and enjoyed talking to them wherever he was. Ron also loved animals and until recently had always had a dog in the house. He loved Elsa, Miss Mittens, Snickers and especially jingles and jitterbug. Ron served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1954-56. He began teaching science in the East Penn School District in 1956. He later became the assistant director of Emmaus Junior High School, Eyer Junior High School and Emmaus High School. He also worked as the assistant director of the Shoemaker Elementary School. Ron didn’t like going to meetings, but was always available for dance accompaniments or school events. During his 37-year career, he got to know the names of thousands of students and was always pleased when students remembered him with invitations to meetings or other events. Wherever Ron went, he knew several people and was always the focus of conversation. He called former students when he had to work at home and they always called him Mr. Rieder. When he called, they came. Ron was a member of the Pennsylvania Association School Principals (PAASP) and the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). He was a firm believer in membership of the Smithsonian Institute and the National Parks Association. Ron visited almost all national parks in his lifetime.
The funeral will take place on Thursday, July 8th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Schantz, PC, Emmaus funeral home. Visits to the funeral home on Wed 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The burial takes place in the Western Salisbury Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, please send donations to remember Ron to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 3551 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19140 or Animals in Distress, PO Box 609 5075 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg, PA 18036.
Posted by Morning Call on July 2, 2021.