Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI


William Mahlon Riley

27 January, 19402 January, 2020

William Mahlon Riley, 79 of Chase Michigan, formerly of Grand Rapids Michigan, passed away on January 2, 2020. Born on January 27, 1940 in Grand Rapids to Robert and Mary Riley. United in marriage on November 13, 1965 to Lucille Morrissey. Survived by wife of 54 years, Lucille and daughter Katie (Dave) Thorington. Grandchildren; Molly Jo Slagel, Jacob Thorington, Jarrod (Brandy) Thorington, Camron (Jen) Thorington, and 4 Great Grandchildren. Also survived by nephews; Sean Riley, William Riley, Sandor Varaljai, Mahlon Varaljai and brother Robert Riley. Preceded in death by parents Robert (Mary) Riley, and sister Mary Catherine Varaljai. William proudly served his country with the U.S. Army. He was an avid outdoors and fisherman. A longtime member and volunteer for the Am Vets post 1988 and also the American Legion. He had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes. He will be greatly missed. Memorial Visitation for William will be held on Saturday January 18, 2020, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1025 3 Mile Rd NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. Military Honors will be accorded to William by the U.S. Army and the Kent County Honor Guard.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, 18 January , 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, 18 January , 2020


William Mahlon Riley

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Morgan Patch

January 7, 2020

May you Rest In Peace and comfort, Cousin Bill, and remember all the friends and good humor memories you left behind with us.

Gloria Bronkema

January 7, 2020

Many Beautiful Memories with Bill & Lucy..Hanging out Fishing on the Weekends, smoking our catch, and many Fun Times....including our trip up to Millers cabin & his Freight Train Snoring !! Love You Both & You will Be Missed My Forever Friend....💕
Gloria Bronkema

Mike Dordan

January 6, 2020

Bill was truly one genuine and delightful guy. He was great at telling stories and jokes that were worth repeating. And he was a terrific fisherman who would readily share his experience. I will miss my brother Lunker Hunter.

Shane and Angy Beck

January 6, 2020

RIH Uncle Bill! You'll be greatly missed!
Love ya, Shane and Angy Beck

Maureen Behringer Lawson

January 5, 2020

My deepest sympathies to you all.
I will never forget the laughter that came with Bill’s jokes.

Brenda Behringer

January 4, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the Riley Family
We will miss you Uncle Bill ❤️🇺🇸