OBITUARY

MG William Henry Riley Jr., USA, Ret.

May 3, 1938May 7, 2019
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Major General William (Bill) Riley Jr. passed away on May 7th, 2019 after a long battle with his health. Bill was born May 3rd, 1938 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to William and Brenda Riley. He was an academic standout and all star swimmer growing up, culminating in him graduating from Tolman High School in 1956 and earning a Rhode Island state swim championship in the butterfly. Upon graduation, he received a scholarship to swim for Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. While attending college, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Castle. Bill graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and was commissioned in the regular Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery in 1960.

Bill served a long and successful Army career spanning 31 years. Of highlight, he served as a Hawk Battery Commander in Europe during the Cold War; operations officer for MAC-V during the Vietnam War and the Tet Offensive in 1968; Hawk Battalion Commander in Key West, Florida; Professor of Military Science at the University of Rhode Island; ADA Brigade Commander in the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis Washington. Additionally, Bill served as the Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army’s Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Bliss, TX. Bill served three tours of duty in the Middle East. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he was the senior ADA advisor to the Saudi Arabian Army, which included supervising the deployment of Hawk and Vulcan Air Defense systems into country. As a colonel, Bill served as the Chief of Staff of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in Sinai, Egypt and as a General Officer, Bill was the project manager for modernizing the Saudi Army. Bill completed his Army career as a Major General assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for the Third U.S. Army Corps at Fort McPherson, GA in 1990.

After Bill’s service in the Army, he became the Vice President and General Manager of International Operations for UNC/Lear Seigler Inc. until 1995 when he became a full partner for Smith, Schultz, Riley and Carrington Inc. Bill retired fully in 2012 and enjoyed traveling the world with Pat, gardening, woodworking, loving his dog and cat, visiting his children and staying involved with the El Paso community. Bill is survived by his wife Pat of 60 years and his four loving children: David (wife Yvonne), Thomas (wife Kelly), Deborah (husband Wayne) and Paul (wife Elizabeth), 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

  • FAMILY

  • Patricia ann Riley, Wife
  • David W Riley, Son
  • Thomas M Riley, Son
  • Paul W Riley, Son
  • Deborah Barker, Daughter
  • Mr. Riley leaves 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Memories

MG William Henry Riley Jr., USA, Ret.

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Joseph Cosumano

May 15, 2019

Dear Pat and family our branch has lost a soldier statesman. He was part of that GO cohort who moved our branch from hard stand to Divisions. His tours in the middle east helped shape our relationships with Saudi Arabia and others.
My personal interactions with him influenced me greatly to stay the course and continue on Active duty. God Bless you all

Joseph M Cosumano jr
LTG, USA (ret)

Joe & Meg Parsetich

May 10, 2019

Meg's and my prayers go out to your entire family. I'm sure that you brought great pride to the General. You both served your Country with such honor and dignity, that the Major General's legacy will live on forever.

Don Ingram

May 9, 2019

Superb gentleman, superb officer and wonderful friend. Among our many special recollections Bethany and I remember our wonderful times when the Rileys visited us in South Korea and especially our trip together to Thailand.

Chip Fackner

May 9, 2019

Although he was the Boss, I never felt that I was working for Bill Riley at 9th DIVADA. I felt that I was working with him. We worked hard developing many AD innovations and enjoyed the process.
I was surely blessed the day I joined his unit.
Bill Riley was special.

Thomas Riley

May 9, 2019

I will covet the time spent with my father. All he has taught me whether I realized or not. I am comforted realizing he is in a better place To my mother I learned a valuable lesson from both of you, nothing is out of reach as long as you keep your head down and push forward.

Love Tommy

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