In Loving Memory …

Charles Michael “Mike” Riley

Charles Michael Riley, 72, of Sedalia, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020.

He was born August 17, 1947 in Pettis County, MO, a son of Charles, Jr. and Dorothy L. (Anderson) Riley.

Mike worked at the Missouri State Fair for many years.  He loved the fair even from an early age when his family lived on the fairgrounds while his father was head of maintenance.  He enjoyed watching sports, especially watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Michael Riley of Sedalia, Kyle Andrew Riley of Columbia, two grandchildren, Mary Eden Riley and Nash Anderson Riley.

In addition to both of his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Carter Riley.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Heckart Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, July 2, 2020 at the funeral home with burial to follow in the Hopewell Cemetery north of Sedalia.  Full military honors will be provided by the Sedalia VFW Post 2591.

Honorary bearers will be Chip Thompson, Steve Jackson, Larry McCown, Mike Macaffree, Richard Jones, Rick Fitzwilliams, Buddy Cusick, Kevin Menefee.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Sedalia Animal Shelter or the Hopewell Cemetery.


24 Responses

  1. Charlie or later in life Mike has been my best friend since we met at Horace Mann grade school in the third grade. We were inseparable for many years. Had great times together in Sedville. We talked about two weeks ago and he was doing fine then. It is ironic he passed on my birthday. RIP Charlie, I hope to see you on the flip side, BROTHER! Love you,

  2. So sorry to hear this. You will be missed. Prayers for his sons and grandchildren during this difficult time. Your cousin Liz

  3. I have such good memories of visiting family in Sedalia as a kid. Mike was always such a kick. I am so grateful I was able to come back a couple more times these past few years and so enjoyed visiting with Mike. It is sad to see more family pass on as we grow older. I will miss him. I know what it is like to lose a parent Chris and Kyle. Keep his memory in your heart dear cousins. He will always be with you.

  4. My deepest sympathy to the family of Mike Riley. Mike was a “regular” at Papa Jake’s….and I truly enjoyed his stories, thoughts and opinions on a wide range of subjects. He will be missed very, very much at the “round table”. A very kind and considerate man. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends.

  5. Chris and Kyle I was very sad to hear of your Dad’s death. He was a nice guy. I’m sure you will miss him. I am at Peculiar, MO and don’t drive to Sedalia any more. I’ll be thinking of you guys. Joe is in Afghanistan now, stuck there because of the Corona Virus. You two take care. Love, Joanne Gardner

  6. Mike was a room mate of myself and Eddie Young. Had a lot of good times at the trailer house and then at the farm. Drank a lot of beer at the Jockey Club. A lot of water has flown under the bridge sense then. But I still have a lot of good memories.RIP Mike. Gene

  7. My sympathies to Mike’s family. I served in the Army with Mike at Fort Jackson, that was the summer of 1968. During our off time, there were two other Sergeants we hung out with, cruising around the drive ins in Columbia, SC, going to the movies, Lake Murray, or Myrtle Beach.
    Mike did a good impression of Clint Eastwoods “spagetti” western character. Mike would put his Drill Instructors hat on (as we didn’t have any sombreros) and lower it over his eyes and had a small black cigar clenched between his teeth, and with squinty eyes and a low voice would speak a line from one of Clint’s movies.
    After we both were out of Army and back in Sedalia, I bought a ’63 silver Corvette from him.
    Mike was a good soldier and good guy. I moved from Sedalia in 1976, so had little contact with him after that. Good memories.

  8. I’ve known Mike since grade school was in between him and Carter in age so ran around with both at different times. A great guy and always fun to be around and a officianado on the Missouri state fair as it had played a important role in his life forever. God bless

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was one of the “good ones”. Mel and Debbie Willard

  10. I knew Mike for many years, as my brother’s best friend and later as a client. We hadn’t crossed paths much in the past few years but we always enjoyed catching up when we did. Praying for comfort and peace for his family.

  11. Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a good guy and State Fair loyalist. Prayers for his family and friends.

  12. Mike played a major role in saving the Missouri State Fair when it was in financial trouble over 20 years ago. His management of Fairgrounds events helped make the Fairgrounds profitable. He quietly had a huge impact, and probably never got the credit he deserved. He was a great friend and Fair sidekick, and like others, I am going to miss him an awful lot.

  13. Mike Riley loved the Missouri State Fair. He devoted a significant portion of his life to ensuring the Fair thrived for futre generations. His love & passion for the fair will be greatly missed. The Missouri State Fair Foundation sends our condolences & sympathy to his family & friends.

  14. Sorry for your loss. Mike was a friend to my father, John W., and I appreciated that. Janie

  15. Mike was a good man and a Father to me. I lived with him over 10 years as a child and a young man. He inspired and motivated me and taught me to be a team player. He got me involved in sports, basketball and baseball. I will always remember those years at the fair grounds. Mike was the main event. He always made sure to take me to Cardinals games. I will cherish these experiences. He was there by my side and sympathetic when my Father Russell died. I really looked up to Mike and his sons. I am forever grateful and will always love Mike Riley.

  16. Mike and I went through all of our years at school together. Chris, I just want you to know that I thought a lot of your Dad, and I think a lot of you. Your Dad will be dearly missed by all, and please know that I am thinking of you and Kyle, and so sorry to hear of his passing. Sincerely, Carol Ann Dodd

  17. Chris and Kyle I’m so sorry for your loss! Mike was a father figure for Alex especially after Alex lost his own father. Alex has expressed to me that he learned some valuable life lessons from Mike. The value of team work learned from little league and basketball. A love of country and respect for those that have served their country and a sense of patriotism. How thoughtful of you to reach out to Alex at such a difficult time. He so appreciated that. I, myself, will remember Mike for his garden. Tomatoes, corn and pumpkins. I think he grew the best tomatoes I ever had. May he rest in peace.

  18. Where to begin. First my sincere condolences to his family. I guess I first met Mike back behind Wheel End where everyone hung out. I went to MU to college and stayed in Columbia to work at the University Hospital after graduation. Would often see him when I would visit Sedalia where a group of mutual friends gathered on Sundays to watch football and NASCAR. He was a true Raiders fan and Dale Earnhardt Sr fan. But him and I were both Rams fans. He help work on a remodel on my house in Columbia about 30 or so years ago. And I often joked with him to sell me his beloved Corvette before he finally fixed it up. I know he will be missed by myself , his many friends and his family. RIP good buddy. (Hay)

  19. Our deepest sympathy to the Riley family. I enjoyed working at the fair with Mike, and he will be missed by so many!

  20. My condolences to Mike’s family. Mike would come into Papa Jakes in the mornings for donuts, drink, and conversation around the big table. I just loved speaking to him on almost any conversation. He loved sports, but specifically the St. Louis Cardinals. He was instrumental in the drive to show case Loe Richards during the fair this past year. Mike will be missed by all those he encountered at the morning gatherings at Papa Jakes. RIP

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