September 4, 2008

(4/10/1931 - 12/11/2001)

Funeral services for Floyd “Jack” Riley Jr. were held August 30, 2008 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Isaac Smith of the New Life Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post #42.

Jack Riley Jr., age 83, of Gillette, Wyoming passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Jack Riley Jr. was born on September 9, 1924 the son of Floyd Jackson and Clara Ruth (Randolph) Riley in Salem, Iowa. The family moved to San Bernardino, California when Jack was two years old. He grew to attend school there until the family returned to Iowa where he attended high school and helped on the family farm. Jack graduated from high school in Cantril, Iowa. He married Lois Jean Roush on June 20, 1943 and enlisted in the United States Navy serving as a Corpsman. They were later divorced. Jack and his family returned to Iowa in 1959, where he met and married Doris (Ruggles) Dorson and farmed for several years before moving to Gillette, Wyoming in 1976. Jack worked as a welder, truck driver and dozer operator for Campbell County Road and Bridge where he was known as “Tiny”. He retired from the county in 1989. He enjoyed knife making and is well known for his hunting knives from coast to coast, Jack also loved genealogy, traveling, visiting with friends and strangers alike. He liked hunting, fishing and various hobbies. Jack met and married Aase Nixon in 1991. They made their home in Gillette and traveled south in the winter when they could, pursuing other hobbies and making new and dear friends.

Jack is survived by his wife, Aase Riley of Gillette, Wyoming; children: Earl D. Riley of Ottertail, Minnesota, Gary Riley of Agency, Iowa, Sharon Beggs of New London, Iowa, Floyd Jay Riley and Stewart Riley both of Gillette, Wyoming; step-children: Dwayne Dorson, David Dorson, Gracie Smith, Buddy Nixon all of Gillette, Wyoming, Shawn Nixon of Riverton, Wyoming and Todd Nixon of Sayer, Oklahoma; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, former wives: Lois and Doris, one step granddaughter, one step-daughter and one daughter-in-law.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in Jack’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 or via the internet at

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