Richard L. Riley
Richard L. Riley

May 30, 1932 – June 7, 2019

VAN WERT, Ohio – Richard L. Riley, 87, of Van Wert died Friday evening at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.

He was born on May 30, 1932, in Van Wert, the son of the late Walter L. and Pauline (Swoveland) Riley. On Sept. 4, 1955, he married the former Sandra Kay Dysert who preceded him in death on June 21, 2017. Richard was also preceded in death by a brother, William David Riley.

Family survivors include a daughter, Dawn (Mike) VanDoren of Van Wert; a son, Richard M. (Isabel) Riley of Van Wert; five grandchildren, Samuel (Jessica) Holes, Jasmine Diemer, Holly (Joe) McName, Tiffany Riley, and Luke (Haley) Riley; eight great-grandchildren, Destynee, Nova, Skylar, Keirsten, Jacob, Jordan, Jaxxon, and Kylo; a brother Larry (Emily) Riley of Van Wert; and a sister, Shirley M. Stemen of Van Wert.

Richard was a graduate of Van Wert High School and International Business College in Fort Wayne. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked at Downtown Drugs, Bordens Foods, Haviland Drainage Products, and Young’s Waste Service. Richard was a member of Van Wert Post #178 of the American Legion, Robert G. Longwell Post #5803 of the V.F.W, and former member of the Van Wert Moose Lodge and Lions Club. He had coached Little League Baseball for 15 years. Richard enjoyed bowling, softball and was an avid Cleveland Browns, New York Yankees and OSU football fan.

There will be calling hours 2 - 5 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with a memorial service at 5 p.m. Military rites will be conducted by the combine honor guard of the V.F.W. and the American Legion.

Preferred memorials are to the Ross Heart Institute of Ohio State University Medical Center or Van Wert Youth Baseball.

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