Jerry R. Riley

March 10, 1947 ‒ March 18, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Jerry Ray Riley, 72, of Mt. Gilead passed away March 18, 2019 surrounded by his family at home.

Born March 10, 1947 in Galion, he was the son of Ray Riley and Louella (Coykendall) Riley-Quinton.  He married Debbie Bush on August 11, 1983 and she survives.

He attended Col. Crawford Schools and served in the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam War. Jerry worked for Dearman Moving and Storage in Mansfield and Savon Furniture. He was a member of the American Legion Post 97 in Cardington.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by daughters, Janice Riley and Angela (Jeff) Taylor all of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; sons, Jerry Christopher Riley of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Matthew Searls of Mt. Gilead, Christopher Searls of Crestline and Steven “Robert” Searls of Mt. Gilead; 15 grandchildren including Daniel Searls that Jerry raised and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by sister, Judy Moore and Linda Kincaid and numerous aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the American Legion Post 97, 307 Park Street, Cardington, Ohio 43315, where a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. A luncheon will follow. Full military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 and the United States Air Force.

Interment will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Seville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to your local hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Jerry Riley, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • We are so sorry. Everyone at Windfall Emanuel UCC are praying for you. May you feel God’s love, presence, and comfort, in a very special way at this time.

  • We are so sorry Debbie! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    With love,
    Mike and Carrie

  • My condolences to Jerry’s family. Prayer to God for comfort and your fond memories will help you to cope with your loss. We can look
    forward to the time when sickness and death will be no more.
    (Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 25:8) Those who have died will live again.
    (Acts 24:15) I hope these wonderful promises from God give you the comfort needed.

  • Debbie, Matt and Daniel,

    Jerry was a sweet person and your family have always been there for my family. I will treasure the memories of you and Jerry sitting with me at baseball games and football games watching Ben and Daniel play. Love and hugs always.