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William "Wayne" Riley

May 17, 1938 ~ December 28, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

William "Wayne" Riley Obituary

William “Wayne” Riley 85, of Metropolis, IL, formerly of Paducah, KY and Carrollton, IL, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home with Dr. Joe Buchanan officiating.

Wayne was a member of the ROTC while attending Murray State University. When he graduated in 1963, he was commissioned to the Army as an Officer and spent one year in Korea and one year at Ft. Knox. He then moved to Paducah, KY and discharged into the Army Reserves. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a total of 30 years of service to his country. When Wayne moved to Paducah, he became the Dean of Students at Jetton High School from 1966 until he received his Ph.D. from SIU Carbondale in 1973. At that time, he took a job as Superintendent in Bluffs, IL for 4 years, then in Carrollton, IL from 1978 until his retirement in 1993. In his free time, Wayne enjoyed spending time working with Campers on Mission, which helped small churches grow and complete projects. Wayne’s retirement brought him and Betty to Metropolis, IL where they became members of First Baptist Church of Metropolis and were able to spend time with his greatest joys, his grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty Riley; sons, Greg Riley and Jeff Riley and wife Kim; grandchildren, Jeremy Riley, Chad Riley (Caitlyn), Bret Riley, Karlie Riley, and Kaylie Riley; great grandchildren, Eli, Georgi, Scotti, and Betty; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Litho Riley and Daisy Marie (Forth) Roberts; daughter-in-law, Vicki Riley; sister, Orliene Kelton; brothers, Gene Riley, Lindo Riley and Ross Riley.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home.

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January 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home
70 Jon Street
Metropolis, IL 62960

Celebration of Life
January 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home
70 Jon Street
Metropolis, IL 62960


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