John L Rishling

October 17, 1939June 27, 2013

John L. Rishling, 73, of Austin, Texas peacefully succumbed to a nine month battle of Lymphoma Cancer on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

John was the first child and only son of Eleanor (Dede) Long Rishling and Gerald Rishling. He was born on October 17, 1939 in Rensselaer, Indiana. From a young age, it was apparent that John loved designing and building. He also loved to swim. An avid lap swimmer, John was always drawn to pools, lakes, and beaches.

John graduated from Rensselaer Central High School in 1957. He then attended Purdue University and graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Architecture in 1964. He completed his Master’s Degree of Architecture, with an emphasis on Urban Design, from The University of Illinois in 1966. John married the love of his life Dorothy Jane Miller, also from Rensselaer, on August 29, 1965. They reared three daughters in Urbana, Illinois where he became a Principal in the firm of Richardson, Severns, Scheeler, Greene and Associates.

In 1984 the family relocated to Texas where John began a career on the Facilities Staff at the University of Texas at Austin. He became an Associate Vice-President of Campus Planning and New Construction from which he retired in 2008. John was an active member, until retirement with the Association of University Architects.

He was a very active member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin. Known for his quiet, yet knowledgeable leadership he served in several capacities. He also thoroughly enjoyed the comradery in many Bible studies, Emmaus reunion group and in the social Bethany Choo-Choo’s club.

John and Dorothy have enjoyed the last five years in retirement between their home in Austin and their condominium in Central Lake, Michigan. John was a compassionate and loyal man whose many traits included; honesty, discipline, morality, sacrifice, responsibility, and selflessness.

He is survived by his loving spouse Dorothy, of almost 48 years and his beloved daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn (David) Webber, Jennifer Rishling, and Jane (Charles) West. Also surviving are his much enjoyed grandchildren- Madalyn Kay Webber, Molly Grace Webber, John Adger West and Warren Charles West. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Susan Emetti; nephew, Alex Emetti; adoring aunt, Elizabeth Loy; cousins, Jeanne (Candy) Long and George (Butch) Long. John was preceded in death by his precious granddaughter, Katherine Halstead West and his parents. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service with reception following will be held on Thursday, July 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, Texas, 78750.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The Bethany United Methodist Church Building Fund.


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Lee & Connie Emetti

September 19, 2013

Dorothy, we're so sorry about John's passing; he was much too young to leave us. You and the girls have our sympathy.

Jane (Tullis) Lord

July 13, 2013

Prayers are with you all for peace and comfort. Enjoyed growing up with John and sharing fun times from Miss Carr's nursery class through fun teen years.

July 11, 2013

Thinking of you in the loss of John.
Our sympathy to you & your family.
"Memories are treasures that survive"

Ron & Joan Kaufman

Jaime Davis

July 11, 2013

I enjoyed getting to know Mr. Rishling while working at UT. He and I bonded over being from the Midwest and living in Champaign-Urbana. I'm very sorry for your loss, but am happy that he got to spend 5 years enjoying time with his family.

Kathy Belknap

July 11, 2013

Jane and Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope his warm spirit will watch over you and take care of you. Much Love,

Kara (Pfledderer) Fishburn

July 10, 2013



Vickie Cicchese

July 9, 2013

I was privileged to know John through UT. The fun time spent with Dorothy, John, Jane, & the boys when John hosted the AUA conference in Austin are memories I will treasure for life. John was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family as you celebrate his life. God Bless.

Molly Webber

July 8, 2013

Daa. You honestly are all that I could ever ask for in a grandfather. You lead us through and kept us down to earth. It is now our time to take everything we've learned from you and apply it to our own lives. I love and miss you so much, and I thank God for the time I had with such an amazing person. Love you, your Molly.

William Crook

July 7, 2013

John was a taskmaster and I enjoyed working for him at A&E Services. God bless him,
William B Crook, PE

Cath & Boyd Spencer

July 7, 2013

Dorothy, Kathryn, Jane, Jennifer and families
Our thoughts are with you as you celebrate John's life. He was a wonderful man, with a quiet sense of humor and a ready smile for everyone. He will be greatly missed.