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Charles “Chuck” Riley

February 16, 2016

Newton – Charles “Chuck” W. Riley, 87 entered eternal life with His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, passing peacefully at the Kansas Christian Home in Newton on February 16, 2016.


Chuck was born on June 27, 1928 in Wichita KS to Earl and Hazel Riley. Chuck was a 1946 graduate of Newton High School. Chuck worked with sheet metal as a “Tinner”, for Jantz & Woolery Plumbing, as a Lead Man for Guerdon Industries, and later was a self-employed home repairman.


Chuck married Neva Rodgers on January 16, 1950. Together Chuck and Neva raised three sons and one daughter. He was a member of the Newton Church of the Brethren for over 60 years where he served many years as a Sunday School teacher and Board member.


Chuck was preceded in death by his Parents, brother Eugene Richardson, sister Lucille Gambill, and son Charlie. He is survived by his loving wife Neva; Daughter Brenda Claassen of Dallas TX; Sons, Mark (Cindy) Riley of Olathe, KS and Brad (Rhonda) Riley of Wichita, KS; 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren


Visitation will be held at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 5-9 p.m., family will greet friends from 6-8.  Funeral Service will be held at Newton Church of the Brethren, Friday, February 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to Newton Church of the Brethren.




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12 thoughts on “Charles “Chuck” Riley

  1. Neva and Family,

    I reflect back on my visit with Chuck last Friday afternoon with deepest gratitude. You both have made my service as an Interim Chaplain at Kansas Christian Home more meaningful; especially having you both participating in our Sunday morning worships. You remain in my thoughts and prayers,

  2. Dear Riley Family,
    Our deepest condolences during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Kolman Family.
    The Lord’s promise: “Those that die in me shall not taste of death, for it shall be sweet unto them”

  3. Sending prayers for the family. I am sorry to see Chuck has passed. He was a very special man.

  4. I worked with both Charlie and Chuck at Legg Co. In Halstead it was both an honor and a pleasure. I always have considered Charlie the best boss I ever had and a very dear friend. Chuck did the grounds keeping at Legg for several years and it was a joy to get to know him and be considered a friend. My heart goes out to the family a very good man that will be missed but never forgotten.

  5. Brad, Rhonda & family,
    Although we did not know your Dad, we know his son and his family. Our hearts are in thought and prayer for you as you gather today. What a wonderful Daddy, Granddaddy, husband, son and friend he was. Love you all!
    Monte & Gloria Lehl

  6. Oh i am so sorry Neva, I just now was shown this and surely would have came to the funeral if i knew ahead of time, I pray for you and all your family….you are like family to us and so i am very very sorry! Dear Lord, Please watch over Neva she is like a 2nd mom to us lord, hold her lord and let her know she will see him again! Lord hold tight the kids and grandkids and everyone else in the family close to your heart lord. I pray all this in Jesus Name, AMEN

  7. Dear Neva, I am so sorry for your loss but, I know you will see him again in heaven. I always enjoyed visiting with Chuck when I worked at the City Building and he would stop by and have coffee with us. He always bragged on you every chance he got.

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