Charles L. Riley, Jr., 76, died his home in rural Windsor, Missouri, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.
He was born Jan. 1, 1936, the son of Charles L. Riley, Sr., and Mildred E. (Mullins) Ridenour Riley at the family home in rural southern Pettis County. He won the prize for being the first baby born in the county that year. Charles was raised in that same home and when he married, he and his wife built their home 1/8 mile from where he was born and he lived there until his death.
On June 30, 1957, at the Four Square Gospel Church, in Sedalia, he was married to Claudia Joyce Foose, and to this union four daughters and a son were born. Surviving is his wife of 55 years and four months; a son, Charles Riley, III and Debra, Windsor; four daughters, Charla Boyer, Pilot Grove; Sandra Riley-Smith and John H, Windsor; Nancy Smith and John E., Green Ridge; and Sunni Johnson and Shane, Windsor; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving is a brother, James E. Ridenour, Windsor.; a sister, Dorothy Kruse, Windsor; an aunt, Emogene White, also of Windsor. He was preceded in death by his parents, two nephews; and several aunts and uncles.
He attended grade school at Bennett Country School, a couple miles from home, and he then went to high school in Green Ridge, Mo. After graduating from High School, he worked for a few months with his Dad doing carpentry work. Charles later went to work at the International Shoe Company in Windsor and worked there for 27 years. He then went to work at Waterloo Industries in Sedalia and worked there for 20 years until his retirement.
He loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed just being in the outdoors. After his retirement he became an avid scrapper of metals and sold many loads of scrap metal to supplement his income.
Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in October, 1983, at the age of 47 and was later baptized in the water at the Assembly of God Church, Windsor, of which he was a member. Charles loved the Lord dearly and was always ready in conversations to say: “May I ask you one question?” That question was always, “Do you know my Jesus?” Only God has the record of how many times he asked that and how many lives were spiritually changed for the better having been asked.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Assembly of God Church in Windsor with Rev. Gene Ekstrand officiating and Rev. Regina Hix, assisting. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia. The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m., before the service at the church. Contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Church, to the family to help with funeral expenses or to any organization that works to help abused, underprivileged or homeless children. Condolences may be left online at www.hadleyfuneralhome.com.