Dr. Loyd Hart Riley

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Dr. Loyd Hart Riley

April 12, 1927 - December 04, 2018

Dr. Loyd Hart Riley Dr. Loyd Hart Riley left this world in peace on Dec. 4, 2018. He was born April 22, 1927, to Loyd B. and Lora J. (Hart) Riley in Kirksville, Missouri. In 1930 his parents moved to Chicago, Illinois, where his father worked in the stockyards. During World War II, he and both of his parents worked in a war plant. Loyd graduated from high school in 1945. The day after graduation, he and several high school friends went to be inducted into the United States Army. After basic training, Loyd was assigned to work as a medical/surgical technician on the hospital ship USS Marigold, which sailed from San Francisco. His service was to treat and assist with American wounded being transported back from the Philippines to the United States. It was during this period of service that Loyd decided to become a physician.
While Loyd was in the service, his parents moved back to Kirksville. After his discharge in the fall of 1946, Loyd went to Kirksville State College (now known as Truman University) on the GI Bill. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he then attended and graduated from Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1953. While attending college Loyd met Beverly Nan Cragg. They were married in Kirksville on June 18, 1950. After finishing his residency, Loyd and Beverly moved to Odon, Indiana, in June of 1954, having heard of a shortage of physicians in that area of the state. It was there that Loyd began his general practice that spanned from June 1954 to summer of 1994. He delivered two generations of babies that numbered over two thousand. Loyd was always known as "Doc Riley" and served his community well. He also was the handy man at home that could fix, build or repair just about anything.
Loyd and Beverly were long time members of Odon First Christian Church. They had many friends and through the years enjoyed boating, horse camping and RV traveling. They also enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. From 1994 to 2004 they were "snow birds" in Winterhaven, Florida. In 1998, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, to be closer to family. They were members of Indian Creek Christian Church.
Loyd is preceded in death by his parents and wife Beverly. He is survived by his brother, Arthur Riley of Kirksville; three children, Brad Riley DO, of Granger, Indiana; Pamela Riley-Smith of Plainfield, Indiana, and Bruce Riley of Bloomington, Indiana. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Matthew Riley, Megan (Riley) Diewart, Adam Christman, Andrea (Christman) Seib, Jarod Christman, Andrew Riley, Jordan Riley and Jessica Riley. In recent years he was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
The family of Loyd Riley would like to thank the staff at Sugar Grove Senior Living Community in Plainfield and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassionate care of him. A private family service will be held Dec. 13, 2018.
Loyd was an active member and 1967-1968 past president of the Indiana Association of Osteopathic Physicians. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Loyd H. Riley DO, memorial contributions can be made to the Motyka Dannin Osteopathic Educational Foundation, 3200 Cold Springs Road, Evans Center Suite 107, Indianapolis, IN 46222. Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel. www.shirleybrothers.com.
Published on December 5, 2018
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Ron Porter
Dec 10, 2018
Doc Riley delivered myself and my brothers. When I was young i remember him coming to the house when we were sick. He showed up at our door one Sunday morning when I became desperately ill with stomach pain, his diagnosis was I had churchitis. I never tried that again! He was the best doc ever to relieve back pain, he was greatly missed when he retired.
Thomas Doyle
Dec 07, 2018
Am amazing doctor and friend
John Scott
Dec 05, 2018
Sympathy goes out to your family. Some of my earliest childhood memories was Mom or Dad taking me to see Doc. He had the patience of a saint. Really missed him when he left Odon. He was a credit to his profession and the Daviess County area. Sorry for your loss.