OBITUARY: Bernard ‘Bernie’ Riedel

Bernard “Bernie” Riedl, 88, died on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at his residence in Sedgwick, Kan.

Bernie was born on Feb. 22, 1933, in Garden City, Kan., the son of Fred and Julia (Kraisinger) Riedl. Bernie grew up with his five brothers on his family’s farm in rural Scott City, graduating from Scott Community High School in 1951.

Bernie attended Ft. Hays State University, where he would earn his teaching degree in science, set several track records, and most importantly, meet his future wife, Joyce. Bernie later attended Emporia State, earning his master’s degree in science education.

On July 16, 1955, Bernie was united in marriage to Joyce Anderson. The newlyweds moved into their first home in Sedgwick and began working for the Sedgwick school system.

For 36 years, Bernie taught science and other various classes at Sedgwick High School and was also the senior class sponsor, planning many memorable trips throughout the years. After retiring from teaching, he continued to be involved in the school as a member of the school board. Bernie would continue to run his electrical business until his retirement.

After retirement, Bernie enjoyed spending time at his farm watching and riding his many horses. He also loved going on vacations to Colorado, especially enjoying the time spent in St. Elmo and the Nathrop area.

A master of general science and jack of all trades, Bernie could always be found sharing his wisdom or helping people fix things—even on vacation.

Bernie is survived by two sons and their wives, Kevin Riedl and his wife, Tracy Unruh, and Kyle Riedl and his wife, Sheila Riedl; grandchildren, KD Riedl, J Riedl, Dustin (Angela) Riedl, and Allison (Tanner) Hieden; his newly-born great-grandchild, Titus Hieden; son-in-law, Reverend Scott Simmons; brothers, Duane Riedl and Raymond Riedl.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Riedl; daughter, Dr. Kay Lin Riedl-Simmons; brothers, Orvall Riedl, Wilbur Riedl, and Dean Riedl; and sister, Opal Riedl.

A visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Sedgwick United Methodist Church in Sedgwick, Kan., with graveside to follow at Hillside Cemetery. The family would like to invite friends to join them for Bernie’s favorite treat, ice cream and cookies, following burial.

Memorial contributions in Bernie’s name made be made to the Sedgwick school system science department, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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