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William J. and Raoul A. Riley

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BENNINGTON -- A graveside committal service with military honors was offered for William J. Riley and Mr. Riley’s son-in-law Raoul A. Despres at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington on Saturday, May 12, 2007, with the Rev. Michael Demasi offering the committal prayers.

Taps were sounded by Woody Harwood Strobeck. The American flag was presented to Mr. Riley’s daughter Willene Martin by American Legion Post 13 members Ralph Brown and Joseph Krawczyk. The American flag was also presented to Mr. Despres wife Suzzette Despres.

A reception followed the service at the Bennington Club.

Mr. William J. Riley, a resident of Brookside Apartments in Bennington, died Jan. 14, 2007, in Bennington. Mr. Raoul A. Despres a resident of Hampshire, Ill., died Jan. 30, 2007, in Cuba Township, Illinois.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 14, 2007
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