Richard Lee “Dick” Riley, 78, of Lake Ozark, passed away on May 14, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Dick is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara Riley; daughter Courtney McElyea and grandchildren Bailey and Tommy McElyea; son-in-law Lynn Higgs and his wife Kelley, and grandchildren Riley, Henry and Emily Higgs. Dick is also survived by sisters Martha Purse of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Linda Derrick and her husband, Charles, of Waco, Texas; and a host of nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Alma Riley, and his daughter Kelly Lynn Riley Higgs.
Dick was born on December 31, 1934, in Mart, Texas. Dick grew up in Mart and graduated from Mart High School in 1953. From 1954-1956, he served in the US Army. Dick and Barbara met while Barbara was attending college in Waco, Texas, and were married at Bagnell Baptist Church, Eldon, MO, on August 19, 1961. After graduating from University of Kansas in 1966 with a degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Dick had a successful 25-year career with General Electric which took the family to Mattoon, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and Houston, Texas. After retiring from GE in 1987, Dick and Barbara moved to the Lake Ozark area, where Barbara grew up.
Though his first love was always his family, Dick also had a love traveling and woodworking. He also loved taking pictures and sharing them with loved ones. Dick was a member of First Baptist Church, Eldon, Missouri, where he served faithfully alongside Barbara for many years. Dick will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.
Visitation and funeral service will be held at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon, Missouri, on Friday, May 17. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, and the funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett, MO.
In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations to be sent to First Baptist Church, Eldon, Missouri or Chronic Disease Fund, Plano, Texas (www.cdfund.org).
Arrangements are under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Eldon, MO.