Donald L. Riley, the son of Willard F. and Dolly L. (Hicks) Riley, was born March 1, 1934, in Tarkio, Missouri. He attended London Country School east of Tarkio. Don served his country in the United States Army from February 6, 1957, to February 5, 1959.

On December 27, 1959, Don was united in marriage to Connie Lambert in Leona, Kansas. They lived in the Tarkio area their entire married life and became the parents of Cindy, Donald II, and Darrin.

Don farmed for Scamman Farms for 21 years on Ranch 9, east of Tarkio. In 1980, Don was then employed by Currie Farms, working for John Currie for 19 years. Following this, Don helped Darwin Houghton during the busy farming seasons. He retired in 2017.

In 1971, while attending a revival, Don received Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the old Tarkio Baptist Church. Don became a deacon, taught youth Sunday School classes, and was currently Emeritus Deacon. In the 1970s, Don helped start the Baptist Bus Ministry by providing rides for people to attend the Sunday services. Don loved animals, being outside and working in his yard, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Don passed away Sunday, June 30, 2024, at the age of 90.

Besides his parents and infant son, Donald II, Don was preceded in death by son, Darrin; son-in-law, Ronald Nelson; sisters, Gladys (Raymond) Thatcher, Ima Jean (Harmon) Deering, and Beverly (John) Hunley; and brother, Elic Riley.

Survivors include his wife, Connie L. Riley, Tarkio; daughter, Cindy L. Nelson, Shenandoah, Iowa; grandchildren, Jacob (Mackenzie) Riley, Bedford, Iowa, Christopher (BreAnne) Riley, Rock Port, Missouri, Hayden Riley, Fairfax, Missouri, R’Donya Nelson, Red Oak, Iowa, and Torrey Nelson, Leon, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Zoe and Finnley Riley and Cooper and Carson Riley; siblings, David N. Riley, Burlington Junction, Missouri, Brenda (Randy Brooks) Daniels, Tarkio, Scott Riley, Springfield, Missouri, Angie (Steve Jacobs) Topeka, Kansas, Gary (Carla) Riley, Tarkio, and Steve (Carol) Riley, Tarkio; sister-in-law, Karen Riley, Elmo, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at First Baptist Church, Tarkio, conducted by Pastor Tate Walker and Rev. Glenn Scott. Open visitation began Tuesday July 2, 2024, at Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, where the family will receive friends that evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Full military honors will be conducted by Allen-Schiffern American Legion Post #199, Tarkio. Memorials may be directed to the Donald L. Riley Memorial Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio. Online condolences may be left at