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John J. Riley, Jr.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 @ 06:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

John-J-Riley-JrJohn J. Riley, Jr., 74, of Seneca, PA, passed away at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh on Monday, October 7, 2019, after a period of declining health.

John was born October 1, 1945, in Oil City, the son of the late John J. Riley Sr. and Caroline Maier Riley.

John was a 1964 graduate of Oil City High School and served six years in the Pennsylvania National Guard, First Battalion, C Battery, 1-229 Field Artillery, Franklin, PA.

Over the years, John was employed at many local industries, most recently as the Lead Inspector at SMS Millcraft, retiring in 2013.

John was a homebody who was always wrapped in a soft blanket and could be found most days sitting on his couch watching the History Channel. John enjoyed boating and fishing, especially chasing the Steelhead Trout in Walnut Creek and drinking a great cup of coffee, while watching the ocean waves on vacation in SC. Most especially, John loved his wife, children, and grandchildren and all of the extended family members he was so blessed to have.

On July 13, 2001, John married Judy “Cookie” Fletcher Riley in the First Presbyterian Church in Oil City, who survives.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his four children; Angela and Brian Huffman of Seneca; Andrew and Wendy Riley; Michael and Heather Riley; and Matt and Lisa Riley, all of Oil City. He is also survived by two brothers; Dave and Patricia Riley; and Dan and Kathleen Riley, all of Oil City.

“Papa” and “Grandpa John” also had eleven grandchildren; Rachel and Ryder Phillips and their son Asher; Ryan, Jared and Jordan Huffman; Braeden and Spencer Riley; Makenzie Riley and her daughter Allyson Burrows; Halyne Riley; Jett Morrow; and Jacob and Landon Riley.

John is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law; Rick and Linda Fletcher; Mary Lou Fritz; Randy and Debbie Fletcher; Tom Fletcher; Mushtaq Ahmed; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Stephanie Huffman; sister-in-law Susan Ahmed; and several aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Morrison Funeral Home, 110 Petroleum Street in Oil City. Friends will also be received from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, 215 East Bissell Avenue in Oil City. The Funeral Service will follow immediately at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Tim Harmon presiding.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

To leave the family a special message, obtain directions, or view other helpful services, please visit www.morrisonhome.com.

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