OBITUARY: BIG SPRING: U.S. Veteran Keith Leon Riley (Feb. 15, 1941 to Dec. 31, 2012) - Was Pres. of Big Spring Fire Dep't. - Owned Big Spring Small Engines
January 2, 2013 - 5:49pm — By Jeff Noedel
U.S. Veteran Keith Leon Riley, 71, of Big Spring, Missouri, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Boone Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.
Mr. Riley was born in Riverside, California on February 15, 1941, the son of the late Kirk Marvin and Bonnie Jean (Cottrell) Riley.
He was the husband of Jane (Kley) Riley. They were married September 2, 1983 at Roswell, New Mexico. Jane survives in Big Spring.
Keith is also survived by two sons, Kevin Riley of Scottsdale, Arizona and Darren Riley of El Dorado, Arkansas, a daughter Kimberly Jett of Big Spring, two sisters Karen Eriz-Michael and Kathy Ribail of Washington state and brothers Bill Riley of Lubbock, Texas, Kennth Riley of New Mexico and Mike & Pattrick Riley, by 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Tammy, a son Keith and a great granddaughter Anna Bell Rose Riley-Harris.
He was employed by the USDA for 17 years. He also worked with the Sheriff Dept. of Pulaski County, Arkansas as special deputy as well as security for private companies. He was the owner of Big Spring Small Engines until health issues compelled him to retire.
Keith served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist Association and the Big Spring Fire Department where he served as President.
Visitation will be Friday 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Big Spring United Methodist Church, Big Spring, Missouri, where funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will be at Big Spring Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. Judes Childrens Hospital or Big Spring Fire Dept. C/O Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home.
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