Riley SPC Joseph "Joey" William Riley, United States Army, age 27, of Grove City. Beloved son of Rodney and Michelle (Ferre) Riley; brother of Cortney (Jason) Riley Duncan; uncle of Hailey Liberty and Ian Lawrence; brother of Justin (Ashley) Riley; uncle of Reed Leighton and Monroe Aileen; also survived by grandmother, Judi (Bob) Ethridge; uncle, Don (Patty) Riley; aunt, Lynn Cremeans; uncle, Scott (Alyssa) Riley; aunt, Tammy (James) Graham; aunt, Marcie (Chip) Handrich; uncle, Frank (Jeri-Jean) Ferre; aunt, Brynn (Brent) Wagner; aunt, Shawna Cogar; uncle, Cliff (Heidi) Ferre; and many other loving cousins and extended family. Riley was preceded in death by grandparents and great grandparents, including WWII Veteran Joseph Scott Riley, and other United States Service members. SPC Riley enlisted in the Army in June 2012; he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina in March 2013. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Basic Parachutist Badge. Loved by countless others who knew him and even some who did not, Joey was known by his infectious smile. Joey loved time with his nieces and nephews, football, and serving in the Army. His last words to his mom and dad, "Love you guys." Visitation will be held Friday, December 5, 2014 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at The First Baptist Church of Grove City, 3301 Orders Rd., Grove City, where Funeral will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 1 p.m., with Pastor Tom Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery. Arrangements completed with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, Grove City. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com
. Memorial donations may be made in Joey's memory to benefit children in Nicaragua to Memorial Baptist Church, 2435 Eakin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43204. "Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 KJV
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Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2014.