John Earl Riley

06/25/1938 – 05/28/2019

Obituary for John Earl Riley

John Earl Riley, 80, of Sedalia, MO passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his home. He was born on June 25, 1938 in Sedalia, the son of Theodor Earl and Elsie M (Kirpatrick) Riley, who preceded him in death.

On July 27, 1962 in Miami, OK. he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Sommers, who survives of the home.

John served his country honorable in the US Navy. He worked at Alcan Cable for 26 years. He enjoyed working on cars, playing video games, fixing all kinds of electronics, and making people laugh. Above all things, his favorite pastime was playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Besides his wife of 56 years, survivors include one son, Tim Riley (Vicky) of Sedalia; three daughters Terssia Forsee (Joe) of Sedalia, Brenda Silvestrini (John) of Pennsylvania, and Barbara Gulseth (Brian) of Twin Valley, MN; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Earlene LeMaire and three half-siblings, George Riley, Charlotte Phillips, and Mary Kennedy.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, MO with Rev J.D. Reed, officiating.

Visitation will be 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, May 31, 2019 at Rea Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia, MO with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be Josh Riley, Derek Forsee, Jimmy McAvoy, Justin McAvoy, Brendan Gulseth, and Tristen Rice-Forsee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Robinson, Mark Ream, Joe Forsee, and Jim Haney.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Hospital or Shrines Hospital in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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To all of Uncle John’s family: We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy. My memories of hIm were in his early years when my family would spend time with him. He was a good brother to my Dad, George Riley. Rest in peace.. Mike and Patty Riley Severide
– Patty Severide

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