Albert D. Risley, Jr., 86 of Souderton, Pa., a Philadelphia area businessman and political education fundraiser, died Friday, July 4 at Grandview Hospital in Sellersville, Pa. from complications of heart failure. |
Known as Al or "Rick" to his family, he was born in Conshohocken, Pa. on Feb. 29, 1928, and was the son of the late Albert D. and Margaret H. Risley, and brother of the late Herbert D. Risley.
Al was a two-sport athlete at Conshohocken High School, playing football and basketball. Following graduation from high school in June 1945, he enlisted in the US Navy and was a veteran of World War II, serving as a cryptologist in the Central Pacific theatre from January 1946 to November 1947, stationed in Guam.
After his naval service, Al briefly attended the Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa., before enrolling at Gettysburg College in 1948 where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and played football. He graduated from Gettysburg in August 1951 with a BA in Business Administration. Following college, he married Beverly Allen of Rutherford, N.J. and settled in Conshohocken before moving to Lansdale, Pa. in 1957 where they raised three children.
He served as the President of the Lansdale Little League in 1965-1966 and was a member of the Lansdale Rotary Club.
Al spent 25 years in the refractory and chrome plating industries as a salesman and plant manager, working for E.J. Lavino Company, A. P. Green and Tibon Plating Company. In 1976 he went to Washington, DC, working for the US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BiPAC) as a fundraiser supporting political education. In 1982, he was appointed to the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council by the Reagan Administration's Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldridge.
Al retired in 1988 and in 1993 settled in Ocean Pines, Md. with his wife, where he was active in golf, bridge, bowling and supporting his wife Beverly's charity activities in the Ocean Pines AK Chapter of PEO International to fund educational opportunities for young women.
More recently, he was a resident of Souderton Mennonite Homes. He is survived by his wife Beverly, sons Albert D. Risley, III of Ambler, Pa., Curtis Risley of Newtown, Pa., daughter Dianne Massimini of Collegeville, Pa., sister Kathryn Beck of Ocean Pines, Md., and three grandchildren.
A memorial service and reception for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 at Talamore Country Club, 723 Talamore Drive, Ambler, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2899
Published in www.timesherald.com on July 7, 2014