Robert Ross Riley, 82, of Clayton, died at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016, at his home.
Born May 14, 1933, in East Alton, Mr. Riley was a son of William and Ava Marie Savage Riley. He married Herriott Bricker Jan. 1, 1954, in Liberty. She survives.
Mr. Riley was employed by the East Alton Police Department for 10 years, where he was known as the “One Man Riot Squad.” He later worked as a private investigator for more than 30 years.
He was known as a jokester, loved shooting pool, woodworking, and animals, but his greatest joy came from his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Camp Point.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Rodney Robert Riley of East Alton; three daughters, Deborah Ellen Riley Wright and her husband, David, of Gillespie; Rebecka Velma Goodman and her husband, Kevin of Alton and Julianna Marie Riley Waughop and her husband, Bruce, of Pekin; a son, Brandon Michael Riley and his wife, Allyson, of Clayton; 10 grandchildren, Maryellen Brother and her husband, Eric, Carl Ross Riley, Jesse Clay Wright, Kristin Marie Hobson and her husband, John, Megan Elizabeth Pope and her husband, Eric, Gene Roper and his wife, Jessica, Amanda Cochran, Ross Alan Riley, Grace Ranae Branch and Parker Alan Branch; 11 great-grandchildren, Steven, Madelyn and Josie Brother, Alexandra Trinity Wright, Dane Maxwell Wright, Blake Edward Martin, Mason Gregory Pope, Connor Wayne Pope, Harper Grace Pope, Abigail Roper and Sarah Roper; a brother, James Lee Riley of Wood River; a stepsister, Delores Lindsey of Karbers Ridge; a half sister, Linda Leebe of Warsaw, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Randy Riley.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, at the Faith Baptist Church in Camp Point by the Rev. Tom Robbins. Burial with military honors will follow at Xander Cemetery, Liberty.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2016, at the Faith Baptist Church in Camp Point.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Hamilton Funeral Home in Clayton is handling arrangements.