Ron Riley, age 74, of Grinnell, and formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.
Memorial contributions may be designated to the Shriners Hospital and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at www.smithfh.com.
Ron was born the son of George and Neva Mae (Wobbe) Riley on July 8, 1939, in Mt. Union, Iowa. He was raised near Mt. Pleasant and graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1957. He then attended Northeast Missouri State University, now Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
Ron honorably served in the United States Navy and was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger prior to the Vietnam War. He moved to Grinnell in 1967, and was employed by International Harvester. In 1984, he met the love of his life, Katie Fillmore, and after 30 years together were united in marriage in 2014. In February of 1987, he began working for Maytag in Newton and retired in December of 2002.
Ron was an outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and boating with his grandson, Zachary Fillmore. His favorite places to fish were Rock Creek Lake near Grinnell and Lake Ponderosa near Montezuma, where he and Katie owned lake property. He was a big race car fan and enjoyed going to races at Newton Speedway, Brooklyn Speedway, Talladega International Speedway, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to name a few. He was an avid photographer who held a passion for taking pictures of the races he attended. His other enjoyments included woodworking, making model airplanes, parachuting, and listening to old country music.
Ron is survived by his wife, Katie Fillmore of Grinnell; 6 step-children, Barb Snodgrass, Jeff Lanser, Kim Hood, Deb Moioffer, David Fillmore and Shawn Fillmore; 10 step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; and siblings, Peggy Hayes, Phyllis McGohan and Terry Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.