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William J. Riley

Berlin, Pennsylvania

June 5, 1933 - May 8, 2024

William J. Riley Obituary

William J. Riley, 90, of Berlin, passed away on May 8, 2024. Born June 5, 1933 in Berlin, son of William J. Riley and Viola (White) Webb. Preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife of 66 years Shirley (Bender) Riley, son David William Riley, brother Gerald Webb, sisters Katy Webb and Esther McGann, sister-in-law Janice Bungard, and brother-in-law Robert Cawthern. He is survived by his children, John Martin (Brenda) Riley of Berlin and Leanne (Christopher) Heiple of Somerset; and daughter-in-law Kathy (Ron) Yoder of Friedens; grandchildren Joshua (Erin) Riley; Marah (Tony) Yachere; and Jacob Heiple. William is also survived by great grandchildren Bryson Yachere, Lydia Riley, Aleigha Yachere, Milo Riley, and Macie Yachere; sisters Josephine “Jo” Cawthern, Shirley Bowman, and Maxine Yommer; brother Eugene “Butch” Webb; brother-in-law Lonnie Bungard; nieces Deborah Douglass, Valerie (David) Wright, and Lauren Bungard; nephew Ryan Bungard; and numerous other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Bill was a proud 1953 graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley High School of which he served as class president. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where over the years he served on Church Council as well as being an usher and greeter. Bill was a 38-year employee of Crane Co. of Somerset. Together, Bill and Shirley volunteered at Meals on Wheels and the Berlin Food Pantry. Bill was a member of the Berlin Historical Society, American Legion, Jaffa Shrine Altoona, Somerset County Shrine Club, Hebron Royal Arch Chapter #272, Meyersdale Masonic Lodge #554 F&AM. Also, a proud member of the Berlin Lions Club and was awarded Lion of the Year, Ross De Marco Fellowship award, and the Melvin Jones award. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Bill was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and was very loved by his entire family. Both Bill and Shirley were avid sports fans, they loved watching their grandkids and great grandkids participate in sports and activities. He was a proud supporter of all Berlin Athletics and attended as many events as possible. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Robert Keplinger officiating. Inurnment Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions may be sent to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, PA 15530.

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William J. Riley, 90, of Berlin, passed away on May 8, 2024. Born June 5, 1933 in Berlin, son of William J. Riley and Viola (White) Webb. Preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife of 66 years Shirley (Bender) Riley, son David William Riley, brother Gerald Webb, sisters Katy Webb and Esther McGann, sister-in-law Janice Bungard, and brother-in-law Robert Cawthern. He is survived by his children, John Martin (Brenda) Riley of Berlin and Leanne (Christopher) Heiple of Somerset; and daughter-in-law Kathy (Ron) Yoder of Friedens; grandchildren Joshua (Erin) Riley; Marah (Tony) Yachere; and Jacob Heiple. William is also survived by great grandchildren Bryson Yachere, Lydia Riley, Aleigha Yachere, Milo Riley, and Macie Yachere; sisters Josephine “Jo” Cawthern, Shirley Bowman, and Maxine Yommer; brother Eugene “Butch” Webb; brother-in-law Lonnie Bungard; nieces Deborah Douglass, Valerie (David) Wright, and Lauren Bungard; nephew Ryan Bungard; and numerous other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins. Bill was a proud 1953 graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley High School of which he served as class president. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where over the years he served on Church Council as well as being an usher and greeter. Bill was a 38-year employee of Crane Co. of Somerset. Together, Bill and Shirley volunteered at Meals on Wheels and the Berlin Food Pantry. Bill was a member of the Berlin Historical Society, American Legion, Jaffa Shrine Altoona, Somerset County Shrine Club, Hebron Royal Arch Chapter #272, Meyersdale Masonic Lodge #554 F&AM. Also, a proud member of the Berlin Lions Club and was awarded Lion of the Year, Ross De Marco Fellowship award, and the Melvin Jones award. Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Bill was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and was very loved by his entire family. Both Bill and Shirley were avid sports fans, they loved watching their grandkids and great grandkids participate in sports and activities. He was a proud supporter of all Berlin Athletics and attended as many events as possible. Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Deaner Funeral Home, Berlin, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Robert Keplinger officiating. Inurnment Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions may be sent to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Main St., Berlin, PA 15530.

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