WILBUR J. 'SKEETER' RILEY, 83 LOVING FATHER, PAPA AND BROTHER ROCKFORD - Wilbur J. "Skeeter" Riley, 83, of Rockford died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born March 1, 1929, in Danbury, Iowa, son of Fred and Caroline Twitchell Riley. Graduated from Danbury High School in 1947. Married Frances Johnston on July 22, 1965, in Rockford. He was employed by Elco Industries for many years, and retired from Auto Guard at age 72. He was a long standing member of St. Edward Catholic Church. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Bulls fan and a loyal Boylan High School fan. Skeeter always became an instant friend to anyone he met. Survivors include daughters, Stacy (Randy) Mitchell, Sherri (Jeff) Tietz and Lisa Gillespie (Bill Moore); grandchildren, Grace, Ava, Liam and Noah Mitchell, Brandon Tietz and Benjamin Gillespie; brothers, Leroy (Dorothy) Riley, Jerry (Phyllis) Riley and Tom (Cheryl) Riley; sister, Arlene (Delton) Barton; and numerous special nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife on Feb. 13, 1990; parents; infant daughter, Michelle; brother, Cecil Riley; and sisters, Virginia Wilcoxen, Darlene Riley and Rosalie Riley. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Morning Star Village, especially his caregivers, for the empathetic and compassionate care they gave to Skeeter. Also, a special thank you to his friends, Dennis and Marge Smith and the friends he made with the Mall Walkers. Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in St. Edward Catholic Church, with visitation from 9 a.m. to time of service; the Rev. Lorenzo Gonzalez will officiate. Private family burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Boylan Catholic High School Founder's Memorial Program. Arrangements were completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2012