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Donald Gene Riley

Donald Gene Riley, age 79, of Holliday, MO, passed away September 29, 2021 at The Bluffs Nursing Home in Columbia, MO.

Don was born on January 26, 1942 in Holliday, MO, to Raymond and Nadene (Hughes) Riley. He graduated from Paris High School in 1960 to become a farmer and later became an over the road truck driver.
Don travelled 2 million safe miles in his professional driving career. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, western movies, country music and spending time with his family and friends.
He honorably served his country in the United States Army National Guard for 5 years. His family and friends will always remember him as having a great sense of humor with a big smile on his face. He never met a stranger.
He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Riley, mother, Nadene Riley and sisters, Sharon Riley and Sheila Mongler.
He is survived by his daughter Shari L. (Pat Smith) Riley of Columbia, MO and son, Faron (Jami) Riley of Omaha, NE.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Bethany (Brandon) Kelly of Moberly, MO, Kennedy and Caden Lewis of Columbia, MO, and Aaron and Allison Riley, Grace, Garrett, and Gibson Kennedy of Omaha, NE.
He is survived by his great grandchildren, Eli, Luke, and Owen Kelly of Moberly, MO.
He is survived by two sisters, Betty Brooks of Moberly, MO and Bonnie (Howard) Wilson of Shenandoah, IA.
A private memorial service celebrating Don’s life will be held at a later day with Inurnment in Walnut Grove Cemetery, in Paris, MO.
In lieu of flowers family suggests memorial contributions to the Paris Senior Center 112 E Marion St, Paris, MO 65275.
Condolences may be shared online at pathwaymemorial.com.

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I was so sorry to read that Donald had passed, so sorry for the family. We went to high school together and kept in touch through the years. My sincere condolences to Sherri Lynn and Faron and your families.

Kathy Caldwell Spurgeon Oct 8 2021 8:53 PM

Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. 🕯

Amy Tyler Oct 7 2021 2:01 PM

We graduated together in the class of 1960 at Paris High School. He was always one of the fun guys. He will be missed.

Shirley Bloss Oct 6 2021 1:49 AM

Prayers for his family!

sherry gumm Oct 5 2021 5:59 PM

My Uncle Bean always was very outgoing, loving, & rambunctious. He was always fun to be around! He was a hard working farmer, and I have fond childhood memories of visiting his farm. Our extended family was more close knit when I was growing up.
I and my family always tried to see Uncle Bean whenever we returned to Moberly to visit my mother, Betty Brooks. He always treated us like family. He was kind and generous to me, my husband Russ, and our children John and Anna, and John\'s wife Gloria.
I love and miss Uncle Bean. I\'m glad that my family remained in contact with him, over many years.
My mother was always close to her little brother, over many decades. She misses him terribly.
Great Aunt Bonnie Norman was also fond of him, and wants to honor his memory. She is the oldest surviving member of the extended family, Donald\'s maternal aunt.

Monica Schmidt Oct 5 2021 8:44 AM

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Monica Schmidt Oct 5 2021 8:25 AM

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Monica Schmidt Oct 5 2021 6:53 AM

He always joked and had everyone laughing at family gatherings. My sympathy to the kids and grandkids. I know you are going to miss him.

Sue Rockett Oct 4 2021 11:37 PM

Papa Don always had a smile on his face that accompanied a great sense of humor. He was a good ol' country boy that loved his family dearly. I always enjoyed being in his company. He always made me smile and had me wondering what funny story or statement he was going to say next. I know he will be missed by family and friends. Rest in peace Papa Don!

Cathy Kelly Oct 4 2021 1:47 PM