3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Day & Carter Mortuary
1133 Lincoln Ave.
Bedford, Indiana, United States
Rev. Dr. Vic Lehman & Rev. Dr. Dixie Poitratz Lehman posted a condolence
Saturday, November 30, 2019One saying Riley used to say to us pastors was, "If we don't care who gets the credit a lot more would get done." I thank God for his service to God and to God's church.
Joanne Johnson posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 27, 2019I am so sorry I was unable to come to the visitation and funeral, but I am praying for you all. Heaven is real and some day soon there will be a great reunion there. You have a lot to look forward to. Until then, keep walking in The Way - Love you.
Becky Pohle posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 27, 2019Riley was a friend and mentor. He provided me with great encouragement and helped me get started in ministry. His supportive visits to seminary, along with Charles Newman, were invaluable as I struggled with the changing atmosphere. Without Riley’s help I wouldn’t have come to this corner of Indiana and met my husband. He will always be remembered fondly and with great appreciation.
David & Elaine Gnirk posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 27, 2019Elaine and I send our condolences to family. We first met Riley when he became exec minister to dakota region. Riley was a man of God. He will be missed. I remember when he came to the ranch with his daughter and her family for a day. He was so proud of them. We will be praying for the family today...God Bless...David & Elaine Gnirk
Rev. Roberta White posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 27, 2019Rev. Dr. Walker was a blessing to me as I began my pastoral ministry. I remember him sharing pearls of wisdom about weddings. He explained how he worked with children during wedding rehearsals. He would put a quarter on the floor to show them where to stand during the ceremony. He'd say something like, "put your foot on this quarter so the sun won't shine, and afterwards you can keep it." I used his advice many times over the years. I appreciated his enthusiastic spirit. May God's peace be with all of his dear family and friends.
Jeff Paugh posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 27, 2019Grew up in Summitville next door to the Walker family for a number of years.. RIley paid me to mow his yard and take care of the "critters" while the family was away. I would also sometimes "babysit" for his kids. For some random memories, I recall using a church typewriter and some of his proof-reading skills to author high school papers. Riley also performed my marriage ceremony to Rebecca in 1991 It all came full circle with seeing him in Germany for THANKSGIVING at Rachel's house in 2010! I appreciate the love and support Riley provided for my community and family through his service as my pastor.
Rev. Gary Cole posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019I first met Riley while I was pastoring the First Baptist Church of Gas City, Indiana. At the time he was just down the road in Summitville, and we met often for coffee and comparing notes of the ministry. After leaving Gas City for North Dakota, I figured that would be the last time I saw my good friend. Was I ever surprised when as a part of the leadership committee for the Dakotas I received notice that the new candidate for executive minister would be Riley. The committee met with Riley in Minot, and our friendship was reignited. He would remain a friend, a colleague, and a mentor until I left North Dakota in 2008. I am sure God has received a truly faithful servant into His Kingdom with open arms. I have one more reason to anticipate a blessed homecoming in the presence of Jesus when my time on earth is through. Godspeed, my good brother, and I will see you again when I cross the Jordan. Rev. Gary Cole
Bettye H Fitts posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019To my friends I offer my kind thoughts and love at the passing of this wonderful man. He was always full of kindness and was a blessing to everyone who knew him. May his rest with our Lord give all of us comfort.
Rev. Troy Hedges Wirt Baptist, Madison Indiana posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley was my area minister in Madison In when Ia started at Wirt Baptist 25 years ago. He was very wise with his counsel, but more importantly he was a caring minister with his attention and friendship during my first years serving a church. He will be missed by many.
MICHAEL L. BARNES posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley was the area minister when I became a deacon at my home church 30 some years ago which is in the Long Run Association in Southeastern In. He was such an inspiration to me as well as many others. My sympathy to his family. A very gracious man. Sincerely. Pastor Michael L Barnes
Jurdan Counts posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019I met Riley a few years back when he was still Executive Minister of the Dakotas. He was a very gracious, helpful and knowledgable man of faith in this roll! I know he will be missed by family, friends, and colleagues-in-Christ whose life he touched for Christ and his kingdom! In Christ's Deep Love, Pastor Jurdan Counts
Jan Smith posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019I had the privilege of working with Riley on the small church conference, which he led so very well. He was a gentleman, funny, and authentic. He blessed my life.
Bob Myers posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley assisted me in transitioning from being an associate pastor to the role of senior pastor. He was a dear friend and support to me in the beginning of a very difficult pastorate. I deeply missed that support after he retired. I am shaken to hear of his passing but rest in the sure hope of seeing him again in the presence of the Savior we serve.
Steve Wisthoff posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley and Joyce were such a blessing to me as I served as pastor in Bismarck. I mentioned to Riley that I was starting my D.Min at North American Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls. Without missing a beat, Riley said. "Why don't you stay with us. We have a guest room." So I did. Their guest room became my room when I was in town for the next three years. I called Joyce "Mom", and Riley and I became close. It was a joy to know and work alongside him. I have many stories of Riley and I traveling to the women's prison in Pierre, or sitting idle in his sailboat on a windless day at Maddison. I always appreciated the respect and love shown by both Riley and Joyce.
Rev. Dr. Judy Allbee posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley and I began our regional ministry in Indiana in the same year. At the beginning of every year our staff would draw names out of a hat to determine our prayer partner for the next 12 months. Over the years Riley and I were prayer partners many times. I think often of those quiet conversations and prayer. Rest In Peace my friend.
Linda Swain posted a condolence
Tuesday, November 26, 2019Riley was a friend and colleague of my late husband, Rev Dr Lawrence O. Swain. They served together in REMC and as part of the Parchment Valley Group. My prayers are for your family as you walk this valley. The Lord's rod and staff will comfort you.
Cheryl Dudley posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019Riley was ever kind and respectful to me. I mused that he could imagine me serving in South Dakota. God receive your earnest spirit, Riley. It was fitting that your wife's maiden name was storm.
Dwight Stinnett posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019A good friend and valuable colleague for almost 40 years. So sad. I pray for God's peace on all his family
Vicky Faris Clifton Judah posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019So sorry to hear of Riley's passing. Enjoyed working with him during his ministry at First Baptist Bedford. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.
Rev. Ruth Skar posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019Riley was much loved and well respected as our ABC of the Dakotas Executive Minister. I enjoyed working with him! I n approximately 2009, Riley traveled with ABC-USA staff to India, and came back with a list of people and projects we could partner with in India. We chose a tribal group of people that Riley called a “God sized task”. Our ministry/partnership has flourished with this group in NE India. We’re grateful to Riley for getting us started on this journey. It’s a great comfort to know that Riley is now with a Jesus and has been made whole. Cherish your memories. He loved his family!
Rev. Dr. Arlo R. Reichter posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019Riley became a valued colleague in ministry during my pastorate, we attended ABC Executive Minister orientation together and served together in a variety of roles during our Executive years, notable was our service together on the board at Green Lake. His deep faith, keen intellect and perceptive thoughts were valued by me and all his colleagues in ministry. Well done thy good and faithful servant, Rest In Peace
Rev. Fair Caldwell Meeks posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019I'm so blessed to have known and worked with Riley for my church in NORTH Dakota. He set an example for pastors and for congregations everywhere he served. We've missed his Christlike presence since his retirement. May you, his loved ones, find comfort in knowing he loved you and has gone to his reward. With love.
Rev. Susan Omanson posted a condolence
Monday, November 25, 2019Like so many persons in South Dakota, we remember Riley and Joyce for their dedication to ministry and the joy they shared with us all in so many ways. As a pastor, I appreciated his support and advocacy for women in ministry as well as his keen interest in mission. Riley’s ministry in the Dakotas made a significant difference in the lives of many people and the health of our church families. Blessings and may your family experience the wonderful gift of many precious memories as you celebrate his life and legacy. Rev. Susan Omanson
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Monday, November 25, 2019