Carl was born in Russell, Iowa on February 4, 1929. Carl moved to San Francisco with his mother Margaret VanNise as a young boy at the beginning of the depression. Carl grew up in California and when of age he joined the Navy. Shortly after his time serving in the Navy Carl found himself back in Iowa and met his future wife. Marilyn Veenstra married Carl Riley on November 30, 2015. To this union three children were born John, Carl and Terry. Carl drove in the trucking industry for 35 years for different employers. Fond family memories were made when the Riley’s would go traveling in their RV. Some of the places they enjoyed most were Florida, Texas and New England. Carl had a funny sense of humor. He liked to garden and enjoyed fishing. Carl and Marilyn spent their retired days wintering in Texas and also attended the Presbyterian Church in Chariton.
Carl was preceded in death by his mother; son Carl and daughter Terry; siblings: Helen, Nel, Gail and Tom; infant siblings: Margaret and Dale.
Left to honor Carl’s memory are his wife Marilyn, son John; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.