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Terry A. Riley
Terry A. Riley went on his final trek on earth to his heavenly trek with the Lord on Jan. 23, 2017.
Terry was born on April 1, 1943 in Billings, Montana to Jack J. Riley and Mary I.(Rankin) Riley. Terry grew up in Red Lodge, Montana except for a year spent in Geyser when his Uncle unexpectedly passed away. Terry graduated from Red Lodge High School. He enjoyed all of his years in school and had many favorite memories of his teachers. He went on to graduate from Eastern Montana College where Ben Steele told him he was the first male graduate to cross the stage with white socks. You would have noticed as he wore a 15 ½ shoe. Terry joined the Peace Corps. He went to Nepal to teach in a village. His stories were very humbling.
He traveled to many countries including his heritage country of Ireland. He loved Ireland and searched out a lot of family history.ui
When he returned, he taught at Edgar, Montana and Pine Hills in Miles City. He then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska and then Anchorage, Alaska working for Office Supply companies and also owning a Hallmark store in Anchorage. When the oil “bust” took place, he sold out and moved to Cleveland, Ohio.
In Cleveland, he returned to teaching. He loved every minute spent in the classroom. He was a very “hands-on” teacher and had six students nominate him, and be honored in, Who’s Who in America.
Terry attended Ohio State and received his Master’s degree. He loved to study! He loved to teach! He had to retire early as he became crippled from rheumatoid arthritis.
Terry then moved back to Red Lodge to spend seven years sharing the family home with his Mother. He was a phenomenal care taker for his Mother. He had come full circle.
Terry was preceded in death by his Grandparents, John and Mary Riley, Lawrence and Nora Rankin; Father, Jack Riley; Baby brother born in 1942; Best friend, Robert Daugherty; and his beloved animals, Rocky, Shautzee and Kody.
Terry is survived by his 95 year old Mother, Mary Riley; his sister, Jackie Barrett ( Dave); niece, Kerri Marx (Loren); niece Julie Landon (John); great nephews, Dillon, David, and William; great nieces, Jeana and Lori.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 24, 2017 at the Red Lodge Senior Center at 2 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the Red Lodge Senior Center, P.O. Box 1293, Red Lodge, MT 59068 or donor’s choice.