Michael Ray Riley, age 74, passed away surrounded by his family at his home in Osceola on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Mike was born August 8, 1948, in Elkhart to the late Robert and Josephine Miklich Riley. He attended Jimtown High School and later served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge in 1969, Mike joined the Union and worked in the construction industry throughout Michiana for many years.
He is survived by his significant other of 42 years, Rosemary, and his children Steven J. Riley of Elkhart, Ronnie Ducey of Mishawaka, Sherri (Ronald) Rice, and Thomas L. Waidner, both of Elkhart. Surviving as well are 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren as well as his brother Robert Riley of Bristol, numerous nieces and nephews, his best friend, Alex Magyar and many other friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Fawley and his brother Walter “Lucky” Riley.
Visitation will be held from 11am – 1pm on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Cruz Family Funeral Home in Osceola with funeral services to follow at 1pm. Chuck Wotring will be officiating. Following funeral services, Mike will be laid to rest with military honors beside his parents in Olive Cemetery, Elkhart.
When he wasn’t busy working, Mike enjoyed watching NASCAR and socializing with his friends at Mr. G’s in Osceola. He was also a huge fan of Notre Dame Football and loved cars and trucks. He was especially fond of Corvettes, and had his custom painted in a Notre Dame theme. Mike was also a proud Veteran and loved to spend time with his friends at the American Legion Post 308 in Osceola where he was a member for more than 50 years. He loved spending time watching old westerns, especially John Wayne.
More than anything else, Mike loved his family. No matter what the circumstances, when they needed something, he was there for them without hesitation. His happy-go-lucky attitude, generosity, and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
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