Neil Charles Riley

Neil Charles Riley

July 3, 1953 – May 3, 2024

Neil Charles Riley, 70 died peacefully at home on Friday, May 31st.

Neil was born July 3, 1953, In Richland, WA, to Richard and Dorothy Riley – the third son of five boys. He grew up in the Wenatchee WA area before moving to Sweet Home in 1967.

Neil graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1972.

He married his first wife, Peggy Munoz in 1980. They had three children together, Liberty, Luke and Joe. They lived and raised their children in Sweet Home.

Neil worked various jobs in and around Sweet Home including auto mechanic, welder fabricator and quarry operator.

Neil met and fell in love with his soulmate, Christine Bauman. They were married on February 14, 1998 and created a beautiful blended family. They enjoyed spending time together and taking trips to Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

Neil ran the asphalt plant at the local Morse Brothers quarry until its closing and he was relocated to the Knife River quarry in Brownsville where he was a loader operator.

Anyone who knew Neil knew his passion for steam locomotives and trains in general. He loved to chase trains and could tell you anything you needed to know about trains! Neil was also an accomplished bass player. From playing gigs with the Riley Boys Band to worship team bassist at Cornerstone Fellowship – he enjoyed playing music.  He created the local “Riley Boys Band” along with his brothers, Dick, Mike, Tim, and Johnny Bruce Reynolds and Brian Streeter.

Neil also loved fishing and taking road trips with his brothers.

Neil was a gentle soul and loved the Lord. He was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church and will be missed by many.  Neil had a big heart for children and loved his grandchildren so very much.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Riley, his mother, Dorothy Riley and his brothers Dick and Jerry.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Christine, children Liberty (Kris) Riley of North Carolina, Luke Riley of Sweet Home, Joe Riley of Albany, Maria (Jake) Grider of Lebanon, Wendy Gordier of Sweet Home and Carrie Whitten of Arizona – he also had a very special bonus daughter Amberly Bunch of Post Falls, Idaho; Brothers Mike (Linda) Riley of Portland and Tim (Gina) of Sweet Home; His eight adored grandchildren: Brandon, Nickolas and Madeline Housen, Tori Jackson, Aiden Whitten, Nevaeh Riley, Tennesy Bunch and Taleah Riley.

A Celebration of Life service for Neil will be Wednesday, June 26th at 1:00 pm at Cornerstone Fellowship church in Sweet Home.  All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Hospice in Albany.