Charles P. Riley

charles riley
Charles P. Riley, age 72, of Elma, IA, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at his home. Charles “Butch” Patrick Riley was born on July 17, 1942 to Willis and Evelyn (Pospichal) Riley in Elma, IA. He attended Immaculate Conception Academy and graduated in 1961. Charles was employed at Oliver in Charles City and he hauled canned milk prior to entering the US Navy. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to home to farm and also continue to work for Oliver. Charles was united in marriage to Mabel “Annie” Smith on December 2, 1972 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA. The couple made their home on their present farm where they raised their five children. Charles enjoyed all sports, watching Westerns, helping his neighbors and farming. He enjoyed spending time and playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and Elma American Legion John Frahm Post # 597. Charles is survived by his children, David (Sara Chambers) Riley of Conrad, IA, Gina (Russ) Foster of LeRoy, MN, Dr. Mary (Mike) Koenigs of Galena, IL, Amy (Ryan) Wisor of Clinton, IA and William (Makel Gebel) Riley of Elma, IA; his grandchildren, Krista, Lexy, Gracie, Drew, Megan, Caroline and Rylee; his sisters, Carrol Roy and Kathleen “Grooter” Riley, both of Cedar Rapids, IA; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mabel “Annie”; his granddaughter, Riley Foster; sister Jayni Blackburn; his brothers-in-law, Thomas and Clem Smith; Merle Wacha and sisters-in-law, Linda Smith and Sr. Mary Smith and Judy Smith.

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  1. I will so miss all the times Chucky and I sat and solved world problems, but he is back with the love of his life. Till we can all laugh together again. Rog

  2. Our sincere sympathy to the family of Charlie.
    I remember his wonderful sense of humor. There was always laughter when Charlie was around.
    Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Louise and Donn Harris

  3. I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34:18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  4. Its hard leaving someone that you love the most. What i rememberd is that grandpame Chuck was like my dad he took care of me when my mom was at school. When ever granma Annie and grandpa Chuck took me to ever Vacion they went to and grandpa Chuck got a rewword for taking me to headstat(day care) and helping the teachers their. I was always there right by his side all the time. That is all the mimories that I had with him. Now he is in a better place with grandma Annie and his friends and family up there in Heavn. I will never forget you and always be in my haert and be my grudian Angle by my side always for me and you will be in my heart.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Chuck will be missed by all. To Dave, Gina, Mary, Amy, & Will, may you find some comfort in knowing that he’s back with your mom now. Sending my love. I’m thinking of you all.

  6. I remember Chuck from HIgh School. He knew more about some of the science than some of the teachers. He was always happy to see everyone and had a great sense of humor!!!!
    Joyce Ives!!!!

  7. My most heartfelt sympathies to my cousins Dave, Gina, Mary, Amy and Will. Your Dad will be sincerely missed here on earth, but I know he and your Mom are rejoicing in their heavenly reunion. I will never forget Uncle Butchie’s spitfire personality- loving and (wonderfully) alarming at the same time! He was such a teddy bear under that gruff exterior! I will always remember the love he had for his Mabel-my Aunt Annie. You could see the sparkle in his eye when she was around, and I loved how he loved to spoil and surprise her with gifts at Christmas. So many wonderful memories of 2 of my favorite people. I am thankful they are together again. See you again someday Uncle Butchie.

  8. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

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