Everett Jerry Riley

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Everett "Jerry" Riley

November 15, 1929 - October 09, 2018

Everett "Jerry" Riley, 88, is survived by his wife, Carol Riley; along with their four children, Mike Riley, Cindy Fritz, Terri Hicks and Gary Riley. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Mike Riley (Jr.), Heather Sawyer, Daniel Riley, Derrick Smith, Jayson Smith, Melissa Riley, Travis Smith, Cassie Eller, Chelsey Parr, Marcus Vandiver and Allison Parr; as well as twenty-seven great-grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, many other loved ones to include Lambert's Music Center and their special friends there. He is preceded in death by his mother, Virgina Alspaugh; his brother, Bobby Riley; and his grandson, Jeremy Fritz.
Jerry lived an exceptional life with the woman of his dreams by his side for 67 years. From humble beginnings, he spent his life in Indiana. A man of all trades, he held many jobs, from working on a steamboat at the age of 14, to Howe Fire Apparatus when he met Carol, 12 years with the New York Central Railroad and 12 years with General Motors.
Known for his many hobbies, he was a craftsman and a perfectionist, as well as an Amateur Radio Operator (N9ETL), a member of the Madison County R/C Flyers, a train enthusiast, a fisherman, played Santa Clause and too many more to mention. He was a good friend and a great man who would always step up to the plate whenever needed.
Carol and Jerry purchased their home in 1963. Known as "The Riley Motel," there they raised their children and many grandchildren, then showered their great-grandchildren with love. Jerry's second love was his family. The most selfless couple you would have ever met, their legacy will not be monetary or material things. Rather it's unconditional love for their family, the values they instilled in them, the endless memories they have created, their patience and the life lessons they taught. This was evident when Jerry was surrounded by love, laughter and tears with his adoring wife and their family by his side as he took his last breath.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Legacy Cremation and Funeral Service - Anderson. A funeral service will follow at 2:30 p.m.
Published on October 10, 2018
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Bill Planck
Oct 13, 2018
Jerry was a fine man. He will be greatly missed!
Steve Riley
Oct 11, 2018
Jerry was a very special "Ham" radio operator and member of the Madison County Amateur Radio Club, the Anderson Repeater Club and Madison County Civil Defense/Emergency Management Agency. His active participation in our activities in the '70's and 80's was a contribution that we all remember and appreciate. Jerry was the 1984 "Ham-Of-The-Year" of the Anderson Repeater Club. He is now a "Silent Key" but will be remembered always.
Troy Wallen
Oct 11, 2018
I am saddened by the loss to the Riley family. He was the patriarch and one half of an amazing couple. I didn't know one man could influence the lives of his family in that way. He welcomed me as part of the family over the last few years and I am blessed to have known him.
Debbie Rybolt
Oct 11, 2018
I am honored to have known him for over 30 years. My nieces adored their grandfather. My prayers for the Riley's family
Janet Hicks
Oct 11, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sandy Jordan
Oct 11, 2018
There are no words to say, now that you're gone away. But the memories we've shared are always in my heart to stay!
I will miss that awesone laugh!!
Love you vig brother!!!❀❀❀
Carol and Dale Workman
Oct 11, 2018
So sorry we can’t be there we love him and all of you very much! Our prayers surround you and he will be sorely missed wish we could of been there more!!!πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž
Vicki Higgenbottom
Oct 11, 2018
My best memory is, when Dad sat on Santa's lap. When Dad and Jerry got together, they always kept you laughing. My prayers are with all of you. I can't get there on Friday, but my thoughts will be with you.
Rebecca Rhea
Oct 11, 2018
My heart goes out to the whole Riley family...Wish I could be there to give you a hug Joann...2 memories that come to my mind: Making and eating homemade ice cream! And my Dad sitting on 'Santa's' lap! May you find Peace in your memories. He is your Angel now. πŸ™πŸ’—