He was born September 15, 1942, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Wallace Riley and Dorothy Brotherton Riley.
He married Dessie Hook on Oct. 11, 1966, at Wichita Falls, Texas. Ron proudly served with the United States Army from 1964 to 1968 and was honorably discharged.
He was a member of the Life Point Assembly of God Church.
Ron graduated from Quincey Technical School in Quincey, Ill.; and then opened an auto body shop in Fort Scott. He later worked for B & D Motors.
He enjoyed fishing, painting, photography and playing his guitar, as well as worshiping God and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Dessie, of the home; two daughters, Lisa Vaughn and husband, Pete, and Angelia Beerbower and husband, Gary, all of Fort Scott; and a son, Tim Riley and wife, Carla, Bolivar, Mo.
Also surviving are a brother, Richard Riley, a sister, Mary Ann Brenner, 11 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Riley, his mother, Dorothy Riley Ricketts and a brother, Paul Riley.
Rev. Steve Bell will conduct a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at the U.S. National Cemetery where full military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The family will receive friends at the Cheney Witt Chapel on Thursday from 1 p.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.