Scott Ries, woodworking industry diamond tooling expert, dies
October 29, 2021 | 11:21 am CDT
Scott Ries

Scott Ries, a longtime Vollmer diamond tooling expert, died October 8, 2021.

Scott Ries, who was well known in the woodworking industry as a diamond tooling expert, died October 8, 2021. He was 63.

Ries spent his entire working lifetime in the industrial diamond industry during an exciting phase of growth often connected to increased use of diamond tooling in CNC machining for woodworking.

He began his career in synthetic diamond production with General Electric, held many technical roles, emerging to become a senior manager in charge of a large production staff. He left GE in 2009 to join Vollmer on the machine tool side of the industry serving many of those same customers, and he spent the final five years of his career back to diamond materials, representing Servsix with Element six products.

Ries was known for his deep technical knowledge and shared that knowledge with the industry, including in several articles he wrote for Wood & Wood Products magazine. He was a valued and trusted partner for many people and companies in the industry, with many of whom he became close personal friends. He had a deep passion for the industry and the people, and he made a very significant contribution to the success of the people and companies through his involvement with them directly and through the many industry associations and trade groups he worked with.

His career also included time in the U.S. Air Force.

Ries is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rhonda; daughter, Jessica (Jim) Burke; son, Joshua Ries; grandchildren, Brody, Jasper, Caden, and Hayley; sisters, Karen (John) Botti, Kathy (Alan) Chapman; sister-in-law, Kristin Ries; brother, Gary (Marilyn) Ries; many nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends, including the Silverbacks. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Bob" Ries; mother, Arline J. Ries; and brother, Steve Ries.

His family fondly remembers him for his dedication to his wife and family, including grandchildren. They enjoyed fishing, camping, and sports activities. Ries was even involved in homeschooling.

A Memorial Gathering was held Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from 11:30am until the time of Memorial Service at 1:30pm at Highland Baptist Church, 3460 Hoover Rd., Grove City, OH.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Oakland Park Conservation Club attn/memo Scott Ries Fund, PO Box 249. Marengo Ohio 43334. Please specify the youth fishing program, youth hunting program, or both. Donations are tax deductible; for receipt please include return address.

Arrangements were handled by Newcomer-Southwest Chapel.

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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.