Wednesday, January 27, 2021

James M. Riley

Name of Deceased James M. Riley
Age 85
Date of Death 01/03/2021
Date of Birth 09/18/1935
Funeral Home Daughenbaugh Funeral Home

James M. Riley, 85, of Bellefonte, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at home. Born on September 18, 1935 in Pine Grove Mills, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Margaret (Simms) Riley. 52 years ago, on September 21, 1968 in Park Forest, he married the love of his life, Jane E. Inhoof, who survives at home.  

James graduated high school in 1953 and enlisted with the United States Air Force in June of 1954 as an engine and aircraft mechanic. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Metal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He earned the rank of Airman First Class prior to his honorable discharge in December of 1957. He did carpentry work for the Carpenters Union, Local 1333 until his retirement in 1999.

James had a catholic upbringing. He was a man that enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and gardening, especially his fruit trees and flowers. He was a lifetime member of the State College American Legion Post 245. He loved carpentry work of any kind and was known to have helped quite of few friends and family build their homes. The one thing he loved more than his time in the service and carpentry was his family.  

Along with his wife, Jane, James is survived by his son, Joseph F. Riley (Becky Shope) of Bellefonte; his daughter, Linda Sue Nelson of New Jersey; stepson, John E. Horner of Bellefonte; two stepdaughters, Sally Ann Arnold (Fred Jr.) of Osceola Mills and Penny J. Horner of Bellefonte; one sister, Margaret Fausett of Kokomo, IN; six grandsons and one great grandson.

Along with his parents, James was preceded in death by one stepson Randall L. Horner; three brothers, Richard, John, and Charles Riley; and one sister, Stella Marie McGredy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 12-12:45pm at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc in Centre Hall. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 1pm at Centre County Memorial Park with Father Michael Wolfe officiating. Full military honors will be presented by the State College American Legion Honor Guard.

Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave., PO Box 579, Centre Hall, PA 16828. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at