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Riley William Pleas

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Riley William PLEAS 6/16/26 ~ 06/15/08 Riley Pleas built homes, schools, roads and buildings throughout his career, but most important to him, together with his wife of 62 years, Nancy, he built a family which now counts over 50 members. Riley died early in the morning on Father's day after an extended illness. Born in Covina, California on June 16, 1926 to parents Ray and Helena (McClellan ), Riley and his brother Pat were raised in Olympia, Washington. Both were selected for officer training in the US Navy V-12 program. Following service in the US Navy, Riley studied architecture at the University of Michigan. It was there that he met his future wife, nursing student Nancy Seay. Riley and Nancy married on September 14, 1946 in Ann Arbor. They moved to Seattle in 1947 to raise a family. After moving to Seattle, Riley continued his studies at the University of Washington and worked for Strand Construction Company. In 1948 he worked for Mallis and Dehart Architects and after two years started his own construction company, Riley Pleas, Inc. He operated as a general contractor for over 40 years based in Seattle but building projects in Washington, Oregon, Montana, California and Alaska. Riley was active in the Associated General Contractors. Riley was a contractor, businessman and investor. After turning over the construction business to his three sons, Riley acquired the Isaacson Steel Service Center, which is still owned by his family and operates under the name Seaport Steel. He served on the Board of Seaport and other companies including Lynden Transport. Riley was a longtime golfer and a member of Broadmoor Golf Club and the Mauna Kea Golf Club. He was known in both clubs as a solid golfer who was fun on the course and in the clubhouse and one who enjoyed the occasional friendly wager. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman and lifetime member of the Washington Athletic Club. Riley made a priority of spending time with family and friends. Family summers were spent on Whidbey Island at a community Riley and two friends developed, Mutiny Sands. He spent most of the last dozen summers cruising in the San Juans, Canada and Alaska on the Golden Eagle, where he taught more than one of his grandchildren how to land a salmon. In recent years Riley and Nancy enjoyed winters on the Big Island of Hawaii where he gathered all family members every Christmas. Riley is survived by his wife, Nancy; and his children, Terry James (Buzz), Colleen Raymond, Kelly (Cheryl), Maureen Brotherton (Joe), Ryan (Pam), K.C. (Shonagh) and Molly McCullough (James); as well as 29 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Riley is preceded in death by his parents Ray and Helena and brother Patrick. A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Riley's life will be held at St Bridget Catholic Church, 4900 N. E. 50th St., Seattle at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 20. Reception to follow. Remembrances may be made to Teens in Public Service, 4530 Union Bay Place N.E., Suite 140, Seattle, WA 98105; or the Seattle University Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122 -Attention: Casey 213. Please sign the online guestbook at www.legacy.com Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
Published in The Seattle Times from June 18 to June 20, 2008
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