John J. Riley III, 76, of Renfrew passed away Monday while in the comfort of his family's summer cottage in Chicora.
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Born on Feb. 4, 1938, in Chicora, he was the son of the late John J. and Marie (Waltman) Riley II.
John was a member of the St. Fidelis Parish in Butler. He attended the Dale Carnegie Leadership School, the Millerstown School District for 12 years, and St. Francis College in Loretto for two years.
After 40 years of dedicated service, he retired from Zelienople Consumer Discount, where he served as a loan officer.
During his employment, he was very active in the Zelienople and Harmony communities. John served as the president of the Merchant Association for two years, as well as president of the Zelienople-Harmony Chamber of Commerce for two years. During that time, he achieved the Rotary Club Sullivan Award as businessman of the year. John was one of the founders of the Southwest YMCA, where he served as board president and was also on the Butler YMCA board for several years.
The Zelienople Consumer Discount was awarded one of the top five finance companies by the National Consumer Finance Association. This was judged on growth and profit, and they received their award at the Hawaii yearly banquet.
John also served on the Civil Service Commission for 20 years, as well as the Zelienople Library Board for one term.
He attended the St. Gregory Church in Zelienople, where he acted as an usher for 40 years, and was on the financial committee for 20 years. John was active in the Boy Scouts, Baseball Association and Swimming Parents, and he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Patricia A. (Bester) Riley, who he married on March 28, 1958; his five children, Sherri E. Madden and her friend, Pauley, of Florida, Brenda E. Riley and her friend, Dan, of Renfrew, John J. Riley IV and his wife, Laurie, of Kansas City, Kansas, Toni Ann Kisling and her husband, Tom, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Joseph Patrick Riley and his wife, Kathleen, of Virginia; his brother, Bernard Riley and his wife, Diane, of Butler; his three sisters, Margaret Schneider and her husband, Bill, Patricia Riley and Mary Kay Summerville and her husband, David, all of Chicora; his 12 grandchildren, Patrick and his wife, Keri, Andrew and his friend, Jenna, Charlie and his friend, Jacqui, Sam, Katie, Olivia, Sophia, Zach, Justin, Tyler, Becca, and A.J.; and his four great-grandchildren, Caroline, Carson, Ky and Abel.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Donald L. Waltman and Michael Riley.
Riley- John's family will welcome friends of John J. Riley III, 76, who passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Boylan Funeral Home, 116 E. Main St., Evans City.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Fidelis Parish, 125 Buttercup Road, Butler, with the Father James F. Murphy celebrating. John will be laid to rest at the Butler County Memorial Park.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his honor in support of The Epilepsy Foundation/Central Pennsylvania, 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 3002, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with John's family at www.boylanfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Butler Eagle on June 11, 2014