Gerald Riley

Gerald Riley

Sunday, December 14th, 1941 Thursday, July 18th, 2019

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Obituary for Gerald Riley

Gerald Riley, age 77, of Linwood, KS passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be 6-8pm Monday July 22nd at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 11am Tuesday, July 23rd, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS burial will follow in the Saint John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Aliceville, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Stephen Ministries.
Gerald was born on December 14, 1941 on a farm north of Mont Ida, Kansas to parents Johnnie & Lillie (Horst) Riley. He attended a one room school at Maple Grove, KS. and later graduated from Westphalia High School. Gerald served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, he enjoyed traveling to many exotic places while serving four years in the Air Force. Gerald married Bev Hiatt Riley on July 1, 1967 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Aliceville, they grew up together, as Bev was 15 and Gerald was 19 when they first started dating. Gerald drove a Ready Mix Truck in Kansas City for many years before taking a job working maintenance for the Basehor-Linwood School District. Gerald loved this job, as he liked children and fixing things for children, it was a perfect job for him. He retired from the School District to babysit his grandchildren Liam and Mena.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Lillie Joann, and sisters Donna Arbuckle and Betty Young.
Survivors include his wife Bev Riley of the home, daughter Cindy Reeves and her husband Justin of Linwood, KS., two grandchildren Mena and Liam Reeves, sisters Martha Henry of rural Centropolis, KS and two brothers, Larry and Gary Riley of Iola, KS.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Alden Harrington Funeral Home
    214 Oak Street
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    Monday, July 22nd, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    1245 New Hampshire St.
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    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
  • Interment

    St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery
    2160 10th Rd.
    The Cemetery is 1 mile north & 1 1/2miles west of Aliceville, KS.
    Aliceville, KS
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Donna McCarty

Beverly & Cindy. So sorry to hear of your loss. It was wonderful seeing Gerald and you and Westphalia's 100th Alumni celebration. As a neighbor and fellow student at Maple Grove, I only fond memories. He will be missed. Donna Pracht McCarty
Comment | Posted at 03:20pm via Condolence

Kristan Ibach

Bev, Cindy, Mena, Liam-
I am so sorry!!! Sending love, hugs and prayers!!! Love you!!! Kristan
Comment | Posted at 07:24pm via Condolence

Larry Booth

Bev and Cindy and family,
So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Gerald for that smile he had and his willingness and ability to help anyone in any way he could. He was truly a great man. Prayers and thoughts for all of you.
Larry Booth
Comment | Posted at 03:17pm via Condolence

Marina Cooley

Bev, so sorry about the loss of your husband, Gerald. I will always remember him as such a kind and caring person. He was always willing to lend a helping hand when I needed something done at the middle school.
I always thought that he had the best smile too.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Marina Cooley
Comment | Posted at 09:30pm via Condolence

Gwen Smith

I will miss him so much. He was a wonderful friend and I enjoyed working him. He was always there for us. Prayers for all of you. Gwen Smith.
Comment | Posted at 08:26pm via Condolence

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