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William “Bill” Riley, Jr.


September 25, 1930 - June 17, 2014

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William (Bill) Riley, Jr., 83, passed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 39 yrs., Nyril Riley; daughter, Kim Riley; daughter, Terri (Riley) Kessler; and son, Mitchell Riley; his grandchildren Michael Jurkowlaniec, Eric Jurkowlaniec, Courtney Michelle Chipman, Christopher W. Stalls and his great grandchildren, Bradley Chipman, Brandon Chipman and Ivy Kate Riley.

Bill was born September 25, 1930 in Windsor, Ontario to William and Elizabeth Riley. He enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 15 to follow his dreams of becoming a pilot. Although he never realized this dream in his military career, he did later in civilian life. Bill gave 22 years of service, retiring in 1969 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant (SMsgt). He entered the private sector using skills learned in the military and pursued a successful career in computer operations.

Although he was not able to pursue a career as a military pilot, his love of aviation never escaped him. He often visited the many air shows on base and would at times take the kids on drives to the airport, parking the car at the runway fence to watch the planes land. Bill eventually earned his private pilot license and ultimately went on to get a commercial rating and A&P certification. He spent many hours before and in retirement, flying, working on, and building planes. It was his passion that he kept with him to his last days.

Dad also enjoyed travel throughout his career in the military and often took the family on month long treks throughout Europe while stationed at Wiesbaden Air Force Base. His love of travel continued throughout his life and he made many trips to Germany enjoying the culture and history.

Bill was a simple man who worked hard for everything he gained in life. He excelled in a military and business environment successfully achieving his life’s goal. His traits and character have been passed on and he will always be remembered as a caring father and devoted husband, who was always there for his family.

His children were blessed to have talked with him on Father’s Day, 2 days before he departed our world. He seemed happy and content which is a precious gift he left for us. Dad went peacefully with a loving family and wife acknowledging his accomplishments as a father and husband.

We will miss you dearly and keep you in our heart and soul until we meet again.

A Memorial Service will be held will be held 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be at a later date in Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola.