MIDDLEPORT, Ohio — Ted "Shorty" Riley Jr. of Middleport, passed away at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center at the age of 82 on Monday, March 31, 2014. Born Oct. 11, 1931, in West Columbia, W.Va., he was the son of Theodore Sr. and Mildred Roush Riley and was considered a loving, generous and cheerful man by all who knew him.
"Shorty" was an U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 47th Army Aircraft Maintenance Company. Following the war, "Shorty" continued to serve his country as a member of 3664th Ordinance Company based in Point Pleasant, including one year at Fort Polk, La., during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1964.
Ted married the love of his life, Clara Belle Gilmore, on Oct. 20, 1955, and has always been known as a warm-hearted husband, father and grandfather throughout their 59 years to-gether.
After his distinguished service, Ted found employment at the Foote Mineral Co. and retired after 30 years as a furnace operator and member of the United Steel Workers of America. He enjoyed spending the majority of his retirement with his family and at Snouffer's Fire and Safety Co. in Middleport, where he was commonly referred to as the "Boss." Also, he was a member of the Cheshire Baptist Church.
Ted is survived by wife, Clara Belle; his children, John Pat (Megan) Riley, of Racine, Ohio, Joyce (Richard) Douglas, of Buchtel, Ohio, Sonny (Jan) Haynes, of Coolville, Ohio, and Buddy (Karen) Moore, of Gallipolis; grandchildren Jason (Lesley) Riley, Jamin Riley, Jonna (Kirk) Turley, Benji (Cassi) Manuel, Kelly (John) Sole, Jerrod (Maria) Douglas, Myca Haynes, Meghan (Nathan Grubb) Haynes, Jill (Gerald) Wright and Brent Moore; 14 great grandchildren; sisters Patty Lou (Vernon) Roush, of Mason, W.Va., and Shirley Lee, of Caldwell, Ohio; sisters-in-law Betty Lou Gilmore (Terry) Wolfe, of Chester, Ohio, and Mary "Poochie" Brewer, of Middleport; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joann.
Ted was a member of the American Legion Post 128 in Middleport and will be receiving military honors as a part of his funeral rites. Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Middleport. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Middleport with Pastor Jon Mollohan officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
A registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.