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Obituary: John Riester II, Columbus

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On August 18, 2014, John Thomas Riester II, aka, Jack, passed away peacefully in Columbus with his family present. He had been battling mantle cell lymphoma for over six years.

Jack was born on July 5, 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky, the only child of John Thomas Riester and Virginia May Shanks. He grew up in St. Matthews, Kentucky and graduated in the first class at Trinity High School in Louisville. Jack graduated from Speed Scientific School University of Louisville in mechanical engineering, and Harvard Graduate School of Business in business development. He joined the US Air Force as a photo intelligence specialist and processed photography from the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was discharged as a reservist at Bakalar Air Base before the unit deployed to Vietnam.

Jack joined Cummins in 1963. He held a number of senior marketing and engineering positions including head of worldwide service and traveled extensively. He lived in London, Essen, Westport Connecticut and 30 years in the Columbus area. He retired after 36 years with Cummins.

In 2000, Jack joined CyberMetrix in Columbus, Indiana. He and his partners grew the company into a highly successful testing equipment and services company. CyberMetrix has received recent acclaim for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jack was an accomplished sailor, enjoyed time at the beach and long distance cycling. He was a member of Harrison Lake Country Club. At his death he continued to hold a US Coast Guard Captain’s License.

His family and faith were always the most important values in Jack’s life. Jack left behind Julia Walsh, his wife of 47 years, a son John Thomas III, wife Laura Sue Wisehart in Louisville, a daughter Katherine Marie husband Ryan Patrick Carr and grandchildren William, John and Andrew in Zionsville, a son James Patrick in Cincinnati, a son Mark Edward and wife Sarah Granger and grandson John Thomas IV, “Jack” in Lakeside Park, KY. Jack was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church with Father Marty Peter officiating.

Family and friends may visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.

Private inurnment will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St Bartholomew School, IU Simon Cancer Center for Lymphoma or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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