James Earl Riley Jr.

Riley James obit

James “Jim” Earl Riley Jr. 79, formerly of Bellefontaine, passed away Nov. 28, 2016, at his residence in Blue Hill, Maine.

Jim is survived by wife, Ann, of Blue Hill; their son, Jason James Riley of Sedgewick; stepsons, George Grey of Blue Hill, Maine, and Randy (Amy) Riley of Sullivan, Maine. He is also survived by former wife, Becky Danner McClure, and their children, Lisa (John) Oder of West Liberty, and James Riley III of Bellefontaine;12 grandchildren;11 great-grandchildren; sisters Peggy (Charles) Miller of Bellefonaine and Connie Adams of Arkansas; brothers, Richard (Maxine) Riley of Bellefontaine and John Kreakbaum of Dalton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Jim was prededed in death by his mother, Kathleen (Laverne) Zell; father, James (Mary) Riley Sr., stepfather, Lewis Kreakbaum; former mother- and father in-law, Kathryn and Eugene Danner; grandson, George Grey; niece, Kim Miller Henry; special friend, David Messner; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law.

Born in Middleburg on May 29, 1937, he worked on the family farm before graduating from Bellefontaine High School in 1956. He served his country with the U.S. Army 299th Combat Engineer Battalion building roads in the Middle Eastern country of Lebanon.

Jim then returned to Logan County, married and started a family. He worked as the grounds superintendent at the Bellefontaine Country Club before taking a job with the construction of Cherokee Hills Golf Course in1968. Jim then was hired by Penn Central Railroad, and moved to Foothills Farm in Zanesfield, where they enjoyed farming.

In 1978, his adventurous side took him, along with his family, to Maine where he enjoyed the beautiful outdoors and hunting. Jim worked as a general contractor until retiring. Jim was high spirited, loved to be with people and could not sit still for very long before he was on the go again. After retirement Jim took a job delivering parts for NAPA until health issues arose.

He enjoyed weekend garage sales, gardening, tinkering in his garage and his heart was never far from the farm life he enjoyed. He had a heart full of love, was selfless and would give what he had to help others. He spent his final days hand sewing leather coin purses, and knife sheaths before going home to be with the Lord.    

A graveside service, with military honors, begins at noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mountain View Cemetery, Tamworth Farm Road, Blue Hill, Maine.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amedisys Foundation Hospice, 289 State Street, Bangor, Maine 04401 .