Paul R. Riley, age 85, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on February 28, 1936 in Dresden, Ohio to the late Bern and Juanita (King) Riley.
Paul was a faithful member of First Baptist Church having served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years. He was also a faithful husband to his wife Sue for over 61 years. He served in the Army in Germany in the early 1960's where his first son Drew was born. Paul then came home and settled in Mount Vernon where his second son Joel was born.
After a stint in insurance Paul settled on computer programming as a profession, working briefly at Mercy Hospital and then spending most of his career at Gorman Rupp in Bellville. He retired in 2000 with the express interest in watching basketball and his grandson Justin grow up. Paul was an avid bird watcher with birds of prey his specialty. Even late in life he could tell a species by flight and shape. He was a wonderful story teller and was very pleased to have served his country, and a great role model for his family. He will be deeply missed.
Paul is survived by his wife, S. Sue (Bryan) Riley; his son, Joel (Laura) Riley of St. Louisville; grandson, Justin Riley; sister, Marianne (Bob) Walters of Florida; nephews, Scott (Julie) Walters and Brian (Jo) Walters.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan Drew Riley in 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 – 12:00 PM at First Baptist Church. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery with military graveside honors conducted by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. The Lasater Funeral Home is handling the services for the Riley family.
Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Building Fund.
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