Robert Patrick Reiley, Jr. 1948-2013 Our wonderful dad, brother, uncle, and dear friend passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on September 16, 2013, in Moses Lake, Washington. Pat's last weekend was spent doing what he loved - traveling across the state with his son, watching his soccer matches, and visiting with family. Born in Olympia on November 3, 1948 to Bob and Helen Reiley, Pat arrived three minutes after his twin sister. He was soon 'surrounded' by sisters when two more joined the family. At their house on the bay, Pat enjoyed boating, and was an avid water skier. He also loved the hunt for Olympia's elusive geoducks at low tide. At Olympia High School, Pat lettered in track and cross country. After graduation, he attended the University of Washington, joining Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He transferred to Central Washington University, where he was elected student body president. Pat made his home in Moses Lake. He loved being a father to his sons, Tucker and Rehn. Pat was so proud of his boys, encouraging them to develop their own unique skills and talents. Artistic and talented, Pat loved architecture and design, and he created stunning furniture pieces and home accessories. As an inventor, he held three patents. Pat worked in the construction industry, and was the owner of Finishwerkes, LLC. Pat was a loyal friend to many, and made new friends wherever he went. He had a great smile, an infectious laugh, and loved good jokes. One of Pat's friends posted this after his death: "A great man and a good friend. You will be missed the rest of my days." Pat will be missed, but memories of him will keep him close in our hearts. Pat is survived by his sons, Tucker and Rehn; sisters, Susan (Tim) Austin and Sandy (John) Parry numerous nieces and nephews; and a legion of friends who will miss his kindness, compassion and humor. Pat was preceded in death by his beloved parents and twin sister, Shan Hammer. A celebration of Pat's life will be held at the home of Sandy and John Parry on Saturday, October 26th starting at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP at SJParry@aol.com if you are planning to attend. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Tucker and Rehn Reiley at Sterling Bank.
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Published in The Olympian on Oct. 20, 2013