Daniel H. Riley
July 27, 1937 – May 12, 2021
Daniel H. Riley, 83, of Columbus, Nebraska, died Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Genoa Long Term Care.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at St. Isidore's Catholic Church in Columbus. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday with a 6 p.m. vigil service at the Church. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Daniel H. Riley was born July 27, 1937 in Fairbury, Nebraska to H.B. and Maree (McGerr) Riley. He graduated from Fairbury High School. Dan went on to St. Benedict's in Atchison, Kansas and received a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree. Dan met Sandra Ayers Ellico in Kansas City and were married on Sept. 11,1965. They made their first home in Fairbury, where Dan worked as a salesman at Riley Motors. In 1967 the family moved to Columbus to be a partner and then sole owner of Rogers-Riley. In semi-retirement, Dan continued as a consultant for Cosgriff fundraising for many community improvements around the midwest.
Dan was a dedicated father and community member. He took an active role in the Catholic community, especially St. Isidore Parish in the building of the church. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Elks Club.
Dan enjoyed times with friends and family, playing golf, hosting dinners and closing a deal or two. His dedicated support to his family will be greatly missed as he moves on to his reward.
Dan was a beloved father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Riley of Columbus, Nebraska; daughters, Maria Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri, and
Angie Riley and Chris True of Minneapolis, Minnesota; sons, Hugh B. Riley of York, Nebraska, and John Riley of Seattle;
Grandchildren, Josh Bettenhausen, Sydney (Austin) Oehrke, Mackenzie Thomas, Syllivan Riley, Riley Thomas and Sandra Toshiko Riley; and sister, Maree Riley of Norfolk, Nebraska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.B. and Maree Riley; brother, William H. Riley; and sister, Kay Gatz.
Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.