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Teddy Lawrence "Ted" Riley


1935 - 2015
Teddy Lawrence "Ted" Riley Obituary
Teddy "Ted" Lawrence Riley of Fort Worth passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Friends are cordially invited to share memories and visit with the family 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Cherry Drawing Room of Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home with a reception in the Grand Parlor. Mr. Riley was born in Fort Worth to Raymond and Leona Spoonamore Riley on March 3, 1935. During his childhood, he lived in Atlanta, Texas. As a teenager, he moved back to Fort Worth where he graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1953. After his formal education, Ted went to work for his older brother, William, in the field of non-destructive testing at Alloy Heat Treating and Testing. In 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Barry. In the late 1960s, he started Texas Industrial Laboratory with his brother William. In 1984, he and his wife, Beverly, started their own business, Central Texas Heat Treating and Testing Laboratory. He was involved in the business until his health no longer allowed him to work. Ted will be remembered for his commitment to providing quality aluminum and magnesium heat treat and NDT testing in the aerospace industry. Ted's accomplishments were proven through the successes of Alloy Heat Treating and Testing, Texas Industrial Laboratory and currently Central Texas Heat Treat and Testing Lab. Ted's favorite hobby was playing golf. He and Beverly joined Glen Garden Country Club in 1972 and he played with the "Shambley Group." Many happy hours were spent at the club with friends. Ted was a member of Masonic Lodge #148 for over 55 years and joined the golf unit of Moslah Shriners in 1965. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Riley and Leona Riley; and brothers, William, Herbert and Eddie Riley. Survivors: His loving wife, Beverly; his lovely daughters, Shelley Rohrbach and her husband, David, Kelley Mercer and her husband, Tom, and Tracey Baker and her husband, Tom; grandchildren, Kevin Rohrbach and his wife, Amanda, Brittany Rohrbach, Kristen Mercer, Ryan Mercer, Justin Baker and Travis Baker; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Mercer and Zoe and Ava Rohrbach; sister, Barbara Riley Bloomfield and her husband, Gene; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in Star-Telegram from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2015
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