East Palestine – George K. Riley, Jr., 63, of West North Avenue, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, after becoming ill at a holiday gathering.
George was born November 30, 1950 in Salem, a son of the late George K. and Jean Gorby Riley, Jr., and was a life resident of the area. He had owned and operated his own trucking company, George Riley Trucking, Inc., until retiring just last year. He was affiliated with the East Palestine Church of the Nazarene.
He had been an avid drag racer, and had given that up, and became involved with his grandsons in junior drag racing for the past several years.
George is survived by a son, George Ken Riley, II, and his fiancee, Cari Clark, and a daughter, Melanie Walker, and her fiance, Steve Beatrice, all of East Palestine; and two grandsons, Trevor and Cameron Walker, who he claimed were the best things that ever happened. He always joked that he should have had them first. He also leaves a sister, Joanne Brown, and her husband, Jim, East Palestine, a brother, Michael Riley, Columbiana, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgianne Ball and Betty Woodliff.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th, at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home, with Pastor Pamela Price of the East Palestine Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will follow in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford. Friends will be received at the funeral home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday.