James 'Jim' W. Riley


James "Jim" W. Riley, 66, died Friday, April 18, 2014.

James "Jim" W. Riley, 66, died Friday, April 18, 2014.

He was born Rodger Dale Sheffer on March 3, 1948 in Wichita. He was given up for adoption by his natural mother, Loreen DeFlippo, now of San Jose, Calif.

He was adopted by Claude and Regina Riley of Dighton when he was 6 weeks old.

He was a 1966 graduate of Dighton High School.

In 1972, he married Sheila Geist of Scott City. They divorced. He was later married to Margie Bridges Brown in 1999.

Mr. Riley was a farmer in Lane County.

He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents.

Survivors include his birth mother; wife, Margie Bridges; one sister, Wanita Smith of Gerard; four daughters, Claudette Riley and Randy Buckner of Missouri, Heather and Melvin Wilms of Dighton, Racheal and William Keltch of Oklahoma, Dominique Husein of Dighton; grandchildren, Josh, Isaac, John, Ieasha, Whitney, Jasmine, Marissa, Emily, Bronwyn, Davis, Seth, Joshua, Brian, Ashton, Anastasia; and one great-grandchild, Corbin Keltch.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bible Fellowship Church in Dighton.

The family suggests supporting the church's missions, in care of Boomhower Funeral Home, 145 N Wichita Ave., Dighton, KS 67839. A private burial is planned at a later date.

Condolences can be made at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

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