James F. “Jim” Riley Sr., age 67, of Highland, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Jim was born on October 8, 1945 to Tom and Bernice (Lamke) Riley. He married the former Georgia Scullion on September 3, 1966 and together they raised three sons and one daughter in Highland. Jim served in the Army Reserve, was a member of the Highland Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Blackhawk Lake Board for several years. He was an entrepreneur and jack of many trades. Riley Painting and Drywall, Hometown Tap, Rainbow Sports, Jim’s Café and Brewery Creek Firearms (& Outfitters) were just some of the ventures. His interests changed throughout his lifetime. A younger man who enjoyed the outdoors – hunting, fishing, trapping, firewood cutting, swimming and grilling out. A young family man, working hard to provide a warm home& good food, meant more time spent tinkering at home, making room for the growing family. By his late 40’s, he dove into home remodeling and new home building. He loved spoiling and teasing his grandkids as a young Grandfather. He was a member of the morning coffee crew at Grandma’s Kitchen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Emmett and Evelyn Scullion a brother, John “Jack” Riley and five brothers-in-law, Roman Wiedholz; Paul Yanna; Donald Scullion; Dave Scullion and Jack Prochaska
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Georgia of Highland; three sons, Jim (Melissa); Jer (Cammi) and Tom; a daughter, Kelly (Jacob) Riley, all of Highland; three grandsons, Logan, Connor and Lance; two four-legged friends, Bailey and TeeKee; two sisters, Jane Wiedholz and Patricia Yanna; two brothers, Thomas (Lisa) Riley and William (Sharon) Riley; two brothers-in-law, Marty and Emmett (Lynn) Scullion; six sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Riley; Patsy Prochaska; Rosemary (Jake) Schmelzer; Diane (Tony) Blazek; Trudy (Tom) Benish and Jackie Scullion Carns; five four-legged grandkids as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He had the strength of 10 men, because his heart was pure. He will be remembered and dearly missed. We love you, Dad.
Friends may call after 10:00 A.M. Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Highland where a time for remembrances of Jim will be held at 12:00 Noon. A luncheon will follow for family and friends at the Highland Fire Station.