"Jack" John-Riley-Obituary

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"Jack" John Hastings Riley

Oelwein, Iowa

Jul 25, 1930 – Oct 7, 2019 (Age 89)


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Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home-Oelwein Obituary

John H. “Jack” Riley, Jr., 89, formerly of Galena, Illinois and now a resident of Arlington Place in Oelwein, Iowa died Monday morning, October 7, 2019 at MercyOne Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa with Betty at his side.

Mass of Christian Burial:  10:30 A.M. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Fr. Ray Atwood officiating.

Visitation:  3:30 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday and from 9:30 to 10:00 A.M. on Saturday at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein.

Rosary Service:  4:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.

Parish Scripture Service:  7:00 P.M. on Friday at the funeral home.

Interment: Union Cemetery, Putnam Township, rural Aurora, Iowa.

Military Graveside Service by the Aurora American Legion Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com

John Hastings “Jack” Riley was born July 25, 1930 in West Union, Iowa the son of John Hastings and Edna C. (Sloan) Riley, Sr.  He attended elementary school at Donnan and graduated from West Union High School in the class of 1948.  Jack continued his education at Upper Iowa University at Fayette and graduated from the Electronic, Radio, Television Institute in Omaha, Nebraska.  Jack was united in marriage to Betty Joan Reed on December 20, 1952 at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Union.   Jack worked for United Airlines.  He then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. during the Korean Conflict.  During his military service the couple moved to Aberdeen, Maryland.  Jack worked for United Airlines and then continued to work for the airline communications industry at Aeronautical Radio, Inc. (ARINC) in Elk Grove, Illinois, until he retired in 1987.  Betty & Jack moved to Galena, Illinois in 1989 and later purchased a condo in Oelwein in 2000 so that they could divide their time between the two communities.  Jack was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Galena, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein and the Aurora American Legion.  He was so generous and compassionate.  Will be missed by all who knew him.  His typical Irish humor and wit as Jack is remembered for commenting about his own obituary, “Those that knew me, know what I did in life, those that didn’t know me, missed out.”

Jack is survived by his devoted Wife of 66 years: Betty Riley of Oelwein;

Brother-In-Law:  Richard (Ardie) Barnes of Clermont;

32 awesome Nieces and Nephews of whom he cherished and loved to tease;

Numerous Great Nieces and Great Nephews;

Reed Family In-Laws:  Bonnie Kastli of Oelwein,

Charles (Sandy) Reed of Sumner,

Nancy (Gary) Maurer of Independence,

Gary (Penny) Reed of Maynard,

Eugene (Evy) Reed of Winterset,

Don (Arleta) Vandersee of Fayette;

6 Godchildren:  Cathleen Cain, Richard Barnes, Lori Kime, Philip Lavin, Mike Warner and Mike Kiley;

and countless friends worldwide.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Kathryn Barnes; brother and sister-in-law: Larry (Georgie) Riley; parents-in-law: George and Donna (Pieplow) Reed; and in-laws: Beverly Vandersee, Beulah & Jerry Falck, Dewey Kastli, Georgia & Hal Nolting and Kieron Odekirk.


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Aunt Betty, so sorry to hear of Uncle Jacks passing. He was a great person and touched many lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rich, Aida, Alyzza & Austin.

We are sorry for your losss Betty you have our Sympathy and prayers. Your Legion friends John & Madonna Albright

Dear Jack,
We will certainly miss you. Thank you for always having a laugh, a big smile and a kind heart. Boone and I were so happy to have you and Betty as a part of our beautiful Wedding day greeting all of our guests. Both of you are very special to us and the memories will always be in our hearts. We love you and miss you. Sending huge hugs to Betty and your family. Love Penny and Boone

Uncle Jack and Aunt Betty w/ Rich, Mary (baby), Mike 1965

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Betty, Anna Marie and are so sad to here of Jack's passing. Jack was one of the finest men I have ever worked with. He was always friendly and never condescending. We feel privileged to know you and Jack.

Jack's comment about his obituary couldn't have been more perfect! I am so thankful that I got to know you and Jack and experience what super people you are! My sympathies to you, Betty, he will be missed!

Dear Aunt Betty, love you so much. So sorry for the loss of Uncle Jack. He was an unforgettable person and will be greatly missed. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Through the mercy of God, rest in peace Uncle Jack. Love Mary, Dwayne, Kathryn and Patrick

Betty as you know Jack had my heart from the start as you do. I'll never forget the stories he told me. He will always remain "my man". Thou I wasn't done hearing more of Jack's stories and jokes he will always be my special angel. I love you and Jack with all my heart. I will always be there for you I hope you know that.

Betty I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Knowing the both of you but a short time has been a honor. Listening to Jacks stories were so inspirational and a honor. I am never far if you should ever need anything. Thinking of you and your family.