Samie Lee Riley

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Samie Lee Riley, 81, of Shell Knob, passed away Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Mercy Hospital, Berryville, Ark.

He was born Aug. 14, 1933, in Tonkawa, Okla., the son of Rollie Ernest and Katherine (Muegge) Riley. He was united in marriage to Marie Ballard, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Richard Riley and Robert Riley; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include: one son, Josh Riley and his wife, Crystal, of Odessa; his companion, Virginia Christensen, of Shell Knob; one brother, Bob Riley, of El Reno, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

He received his education in Lamont, Okla., where he graduated from high school and then attended Wichita State. During the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Army. For several years, he was employed in quality control for Learjet, Wichita, Kan. In 1999, he moved to Shell Knob to make his home. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob. Funeral services, with military honors and ceremony by VFW Post 2203, were held today (Wednesday) in Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Burial was at Lakeview Cemetery, Wichita, Kan.

Contributions may be made to LUC Boys Ranch in his memory.

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