DECATUR - Dr. James Edwin Riley, 60, of Decatur, died Tues., June 18, 2013, at 10:32 a.m. in his home. He was born on June 27, 1952, in Taylorville, a son of Thomas Raphael and Josephine Marcella (Loreth) Riley. James graduated from Taylorville High School in 1970 as Class Valedictorian. He went on to Northwestern University and graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Medicine in 1974 and earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1975. His academic honors consisted of being a member of Alpha Omega Alpha at Northwestern University Medical School, an Item Writer for the American Board of Family Practice from 1989 to the present, a Medical Examiners Diplomate in 1977, a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, was a PALS & ACLS Instructor and was also ATLS certified. He completed his Family Practice residency at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield in 1979 and engaged in private practice with the Abraham Lincoln Medical Group from 1979-1988. After that, he was a Physician at McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois from 1988-1992, and presently, as Emergency Room Physician at Decatur Memorial Hospital since 1991. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, Illinois State Medical Society, and St. John's Lutheran Church in Decatur. In his leisure time he enjoyed reading, swimming, biking and listening to all varieties of music. He married Mary Jo Lehnert on May 31, 1980, in Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. She survives. He is also survived by one son, Philip Riley, and one daughter, Margaret Riley, both of Decatur; two brothers, Gerald Riley of Dekalb and Patrick (Nancy) Riley of Charlottesville, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thomas Robert Riley and John Joseph Riley.
Funeral services will be held Sat., June 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Vicar Brett Hinrichs of St. John's Lutheran Church in Decatur will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of service in the church. The family suggests memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church, 2727 North Union Blvd, Decatur, IL 62526 or Northeast Community Fund, 825 North Water St., Decatur, IL 62523. Plummer Funeral Home Litchfield is in charge of arrangements. For more information, to light a candle or sign the online guestbook, please visit www.plummerfuneralservices.com.