Harley Duane Rish Jr.

February 24, 1952May 29, 2018
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Harley D. Rish Jr., age 66, and resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away on May 29, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Winner, South Dakota to Harley A. Rish and Mary A. Rish. When he was 7, he moved to Idaho Falls and grew up in the highland ballpark area where he made many lifelong friends. During his life, he worked many jobs including Challenge Dairy, V1 Propane, Bowl-ero, and general construction. He married Donna M. Rish in Elko, Nevada on October 22, 1973.

Harley's hobbies included fishing, playing baseball, bowling, shooting pool, and golfing. He fiercely loved his wife, children, grandchildren, "adopted" children, and all of his lifelong friends. He had a great sense of humor and was always giving someone a hard time about something.

Harley is preceded in death by his parents.

Harley is survived by his wife, Donna Rish of Idaho Falls, his son, Toby Rish (Missy) of Idaho Falls, his daughter Channel Rish of Idaho Falls, grandsons Jordan Blacker and Andrew Blacker of Idaho Falls, granddaughters Kaycie Newton, Lola Newton, Ellie Rish, and Emma Rish of Idaho Falls, his brothers, Robert Rish (Merrilyne) and Gary Rish (Sonja) of Idaho Falls, and many nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of life held Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home.

Arrangements made under the direction of Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, June 7, 2018

Harley Duane Rish Jr.

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Dave Metcalf

November 30, 2018

I’m so very sorry for your loss. I moved away and lost touch. I don’t even know if anyone will see this post, but I will know of it and that makes me happy. Harley got a piece of me, literally. We were in 8th grade and he was prancing around with his new spike track shoes, imitating a Karata kick at people. He did that to me and much to our surprise, one of the shoe spikes took out a pretty big and long hunk of skin. Ouch. Should have been stitched, but we just put bandaids over it. Haha, it turned out to be, for me, a bit like a bonding agent of sorts, something I could give him crap about; I think he felt bad. He was playing the tough guy, but I think under that hard shell was a heart of gold. I really miss him and was honored to share this interaction. I really wish I could have seen him with his kids and family. One of the good guys for sure.

Joan Jones

June 16, 2018

Very sorry to hear of your loss.

Denise and Bill Brotherson

June 8, 2018

We have always appreciated Mr Rish's care of our son and his children. He and his wife raised a wonderful family who believed in family and welcomed those they came into contact with dignity. Our family benefited from that care and concern. Thank you for the family you raised and the family you adopted. You will be sorely missed by those who love you here and welcomed with open arms from those who have been separated from you by death.

Joyce Hemsley

June 3, 2018

Donna and family so sorry for your loss, Harley and you Donna were a big part of the bowling family..Harley will be missed but know the bowlers who have gone before are waiting with many slaps on the back for Harley...Next time you hear thunder just remember it is our loved ones bowling in heaven...

Jeff Schow

June 2, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Harley's family and friends .
I bowled with Harley for many years and always enjoyed his company, thoughts, and if asked, his coaching help on my bowling. He was always coming off the lanes after throwing a ball, and even if it was a (perfect) shot, he would explain to me what he did wrong with either his speed, delivery, or follow through!!!

He was a joy to bowl with for many years here in Idaho Falls, various state tournaments, and at the National Bowling Center in Reno, Nevada.

I know that if there is a Bowling Center in Heaven, He will be there and having fun!!

Jeff W. Schow
Idaho Falls, Idaho