Jimmie Dewitt Riley was born on December 26, 1935, to Howard Riley and Gertrude (Hicks) Riley. He was born in the home in Skidmore, Missouri. He was baptized at the First Christian Church of Tarkio, Missouri, on August 8, 1957. He graduated from high school in Tarkio. He was very active in the music department. He was the drum major his senior year of high school. He attended Tarkio College in Tarkio and Parson College in Fairfield, Iowa. Jimmie received his LPN at Letterman in San Francisco, California. He was a member of Alpha Lamba Sigma, a cheerleader, and active in the music department while in college.

While attending college in Tarkio, Jimmie met the love of his life, Lorraine Emily Carothers. They were united in marriage on August 6, 1961, at the Presbyterian Church in Manilla, Iowa. They were married for 57 years. Four children were born to this union, including Laura Ann, Sara Nadine, and Andrew Howard. Jimmie loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, baby daughter, wife Lorraine Emily, five sisters, four brothers, two nieces, and two nephews. Survivors include children, Laura Ann Henson and Sara Nadine (Robert) Dysinger of Clever, Missouri, and Andrew Howard (Amie) Riley of Tarkio; six grandchildren, Ronnie Joe Duff (Erin) of Knox, Indiana, Andrew Montgomery Riley, Emily Marie Farmer (Stephen), Kristofer Nickolaus Riley of Springfield, Missouri, and Amber Nicole Riley and Sophia Catherine Riley of Tarkio; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Caylee, and Cody Duff of Knox; three sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jimmie served his country for 26 and a half years in the United States Army; traveling a lot during that time stationed in Okinawa, Germany, Missouri, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, California, and Korea. He was a very devout Christian and very active in the church. He was a member of the Westside Christian Church in Republic, Missouri. He had been a deacon, elder, and sang solos. He was a member of the following clubs: American Legion, Lion’s Club, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and AUSA. He coached basketball, was a member of a bowling league, and enjoyed watching sports and singing at the nursing home weekly. He will be greatly missed by his family and the friends he made throughout the years.