William J. Reidenbach

July 07, 1930 ‒ July 20, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

William John Reidenbach passed on to his heavenly reward on July 20, 2020 in Delaware, OH. He died peacefully with his wife and children around him.

Bill was born July 7, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio to Frederick Atlee Reidenbach and Ruth CoVan Reidenbach. He graduated from North High School in 1948 and married Joann Raudebaugh in 1954.

A third-generation Buckeye, Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from Ohio State, where he was Student Senate President and Chief Justice of Student Court. He was a member of the Bucket and Dipper and Sphinx honoraries, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

For most of his career Bill was general counsel for Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Co. (now Western and Southern). He also worked at the Ohio Dept. of Securities and taught business law at Ohio State.

At the time Bill became an Eagle Scout, he was the youngest boy in Franklin County ever to achieve that rank. He continued to lead a full and inquisitive life, always laughing, learning, and tackling new projects. He could fix anything, grow anything, and engage anyone in conversation from toddler to senator. One of his proudest creations was a mahogany Chippendale chair he designed himself and carved with hand tools. One of his greatest joys was his tree farm in Monson, Maine, where he maintained a 200-year-old house and barn for decades.

Bill was a devoted member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Delaware, OH and Union Church in Greenville, Maine. He once served on the board of the Seal of Ohio Girl Scout Council and was founder and first president of the national Early American Pattern Glass Society.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Gerald, who died in service to his country during WWII. Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his beloved wife of 66 years, Jo; son Frederick “Fritz” (Gayle) of London, OH; daughters Faith Reidenbach (Beverly Caley) of Gainesville, FL, Amy Bowen (Sean) of Marietta, GA, and Emily Jorgenson of Reynoldsburg, OH; 7 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.

The family deeply appreciates the staff at Willow Brook Christian Home and Willow Brook Christian Village who cared for Bill so compassionately. There will be a private funeral. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to a charity of your choice.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware is honored to serve Bill’s family.

To leave a fond memory of Bill or condolence message for the family, visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • Fritz and Gayle, I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping you in my prayers for comfort and peace. Bill certainly sounds like someone I would have enjoyed knowing. Blessings to you and your family.

    Gail Baker

    • Thank you Gail. You most certainly would have enjoyed knowing and talking with Bill.
      Love, Gayle and Fritz

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss Jo and family. As a member of St. Marks I met Bill and Jo a few years ago. I loved visiting and taking them my Christmas springerle cookies at Willow Brook. We had many great conversations over the years. Bill was a wonderful person and he will be missed by his church family.

  • Fritz, our condolences to you and your family. It appears that your father lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it. Treasure your memories.

    Frank and Karen

    • Frank and Karen,
      You would have had GREAT conversations with Bill. He did live his life to the fullest as you do. We will most certainly treasure our memories. Thank you.
      Love, Gayle and Fritz

  • To all of the Reidenbach Family,
    We send our condolences and prayers for comfort at this difficult time. We have fond memories of Bill at North Community Lutheran Church. What a great blessing he will be in the Lord’s Kingdom.
    Mike & Chris Jacobs

  • Fritz and Gayle, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers for comfort during this time. It sounds like your father was an active learner and enjoyed life to the fullest. Hold on to those memories and take care.

  • To the Reidenbach Family,
    We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
    We have fond memories of Bill at North Community Lutheran Church. He greeted us with a smile and a kind word.
    May the Lord be with you especially at this time.
    Joanne and Russ Crouse

  • To the Reidenbach Family,

    Our sincere and greatest sympathies for your loss—I can’t tell you how sorry we are to hear of Bill’s passing. As a member of St. Marks, Jo and Bill always brightened my days with their warm smiles and gracious ways—especially during the Passing of the Peace! We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers for whatever you need! Tom and Carla Moore.

  • Bill remains a great example to us. We are so thankful he is with Christ and that we will see Bill again.

  • I was very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. During my 9 years at Columbus Life he was always very nice to me and treated me as an equal even though I was many years junior to him as n attorney. I will keep Bill and his family in my prayers.

  • So many memories of sound judgement and leadership displayed by Bill. From boy scout events to leading a hike to the top of Boarface mtn in monsoon maine in 1978.
    Always one to be calm and determine the correct course of action. Great father figure for the Reidenbach kids and all that surrounded him. So many fond memories.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the Reidenbach Family. We were so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.

    It was a joy to be near them at worship and to share the Passing of the Peace, and always a warm smile. We enjoyed hearing of their travels to Maine.

    We will certainly miss seeing Bill at church, but we hope we will see you there Jo.
    Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    May God Bless and keep you and give you peace always.

  • Jo,I am sorry for your loss. He was a good boss and a good man. ˆ can empathize some, since ˆ lost Liz in January. You are now a member of my 2020 widows clul,which recently welcomed Darlene Stanton Early. You are all in my praters. God bless.J

  • To Jo, grandson Will and all of Bill’s family – please accept our condolences for your loss. For the last many many years we at Union Church, UCC in Greenville, Maine couldn’t wait for summer to arrive because it always brought Bill and Jo ( and Will for many years) to our community. Bill was such a wonderful, interesting, and kind gentleman. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with the family. We ride by the farmhouse often and always think of Bill and Jo. Bless you all. Keyth & Charlie Carter

  • To Jo and Family, Roger and I,Peggy, Foster are sad today and sorry for your loss, Bill’s passing. We were new retirees to Monson and our first summer here , Bill came to meet and greet us. He became an instant friend. We will never forget his genuinness and awesome stories.
    You are in our prayers, May our Lord and Spirit give you encouragement and strength each day.

  • To Jo and the Reidenbach family.
    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. Jo will recognize or names as members of the Early American Pattern Glass Society. Bill was a great mentor when I served my term as President back in 2006. The Society was only twelve years old and I needed some of the early history to understand the dynamics. It was an honor to rub shoulders with the founder of the Society. I hope every members of Bill’s family is proud of the fact that you can find a living legacy to his skill of organizing, promoting and creating this great Society. Visit us at http://www.eapgs.org.

  • I am sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. One of the good guys I had the opportunity to know. I sat in the front row of a lecture hall in Hagerty Hall at OSU and was able to learn from Bill in a business law course in a965. enjoyed the class and Bill. after 2 years active duty as an officer in the Army I returned to Columbus and went to work for Columbus Mutual and had the chance to work with Bill and for Bill for much of my 29+ years with the company. always great to have his counsel especially when I was in the agency department. A short walk down the hall to Bills Office when I needed his advice Lots of times I sat in the cafeteria and chatted with Bill at lunch. He shared his brother’s memory with me and all about his trees in Maine ad his work with the Girl Scouts. It has been over 22 years since I last had contact with him but his memory is alive today. Jo Blessings to you and all your family.

    Pat Card

  • We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Over the years we have come to set our seasonal calendar by when the Reidenbach’s arrived in Maine for the summer. As I grew to know Bill I quickly came to appreciate the wisdom of his advice and the breadth of his knowledge on all things pertaining to Squaw Mountain Village. Bill’s small green truck and his almost daily trips to the Monson tree farm were an integral part of everyday life at SMV. And when Bill and Jo left for Ohio at seasons end we all knew it was time to pack up and head south before the snow fell.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jo and all the Reidenbach family.

    Mike and Roberta Burke

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