In Memory of



Obituary for Gerald Riedling

Riedling, Gerald (Jerry) Lee, 87, passed away after a brief illness on December 25th surrounded by his three children Lynn, Karen, and Robert Lee.

In addition to strong commitment to family, Jerry was a lifelong college educator whose legacy includes his family of teachers and thousands of students whom he taught at the University of Louisville, Kentucky Southern College, and Jefferson Community and Technical College (where he taught for 44 years from 1967 – 2011). During his time at Jefferson Community and Technical College, he served as the Humanities Division Chair from 1975-1981 and from 1987 to 1993. The Humanities Division was the largest division in the state of Kentucky’s Community College system. He supervised over 45 full time faculty members in this position. In 1994, Jerry served as the acting Dean in January – June for the college. Jerry was president of the CCHA (Community College Humanities Association). He also served as chair of the Family Giving Campaign and raised money for Jefferson Community and Technical College. In 1958, Jerry took part in a summer student exchange program with the University of Louisville and worked in Paris, France for 6 weeks at the stock exchange. He then traveled around Europe, Great Britain, and Ireland for 5 weeks. His future wife, Virginia Myers, was part of the group on this trip and Jerry proposed to her in a church in Rome. This student exchange experience fostered his love for travel.

Jerry was a 45-year member of St. Matthews Baptist Church, a graduate of U of L with a BA in English and an MA in English. He was a member of the Kappa Delta Phi and Pi Kappa Phi Beta Gamma Chapter fraternities.
Traveling with members of the family to many destinations in this country, especially Hawaii and Florida, was one of Jerry’s passions in life. In the 1980’s he took his family on three different 6-week trips all over Western Europe. He also enjoyed traveling more than a dozen times to the United Kingdom. He also visited China, Thailand, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife of 58 years, Virginia Myers Riedling, his parents, Woody Pearl Riedling, and Lee Edward Riedling.

He is survived by his children, Lynn Carol Riedling, Karen Elizabeth Riedling and spouse Rose Ott of Tampa, FL., and Robert Lee Riedling, and sister-in-law, Martha Thomas Myers. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Marian Griffin (Don), Michelle Koester (Martin), Monica Pemberton (Chuck), David Myers and their families.

Visitation will be from 2 – 8 p.m. on Friday, December 29th at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.
His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 30th at Highlands Funeral Home with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.

In honor of Jerry, donations may be made to St. Matthews Baptist Church, Jefferson Community & Technical College (Scholarship Fund) or Foster Traditional Academy.