Obituary of Stephen Riley

Stephen Kent Riley, age 79, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at St. Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, KS.  He was born May 17, 1942, in Ft. Scott, the son of Harlan Lindsey Riley and Thelma Marie Ruby Riley.

He married Sue Ellen Hicks on May 9, 1979, in Ft. Scott.  Steve worked as a tuck pointer by trade for 61 years until retirement.

He loved to fish, hunt, and be outdoors.

He was a member of the Rinehart Christian Church.


Survivors include his wife Sue of the home; five daughters, Sheila Hudson, Nevada, MO; Christina Strickland (Jerome), Carthage, MO; Jamie Lynn Riley (Anthony), Nevada, MO; Dawn Solko (Barry) Mesa, AZ; and Stephanie Harrison, Nevada, MO; a sister, Tina Lane (Darrel), Leavenworth, KS; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Nancy Hess; and a brother, Gus Rohnke.


Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 17th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Steve Riley Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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