Bruce Russell Riley, 88, of Nanticoke, loving husband, father and grandfather went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Evelyn Riley; his best friend and brother, Don Riley and 2 sisters, Louise Reynolds and Cynthia Jones. He is survived by the love of his life, Laura, wife of 66 years; two daughters, Bonnie and (Ken) Cron, Linda and (Keith) Miller; two sons, Mark and (Linda) Riley, Brian and (Denise) Riley; 7 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Margorie Loveless, Neta Livingston and one brother Elwyn Riley along with numerous nieces and nephews. Bruce served his country in the US Army enlisting in 1948. During this time he served in France, Korea, Turkey, along with a combat tour in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic. Retiring after 20 years as staff sergeant Bruce came back to Nanticoke where he continued to serve his community for several years as Nanticoke’s Fire Chief during the 70’s. Also at this time he worked at several local auto shops as mechanic with the last and most time spent at Ken Jones Auto Sales in Whitney Point. Bruce didn’t fully retire as he went on to drive school bus for the Whitney Point Central School district up until 2004. Bruce loved working on anything that had a motor. In his youth he enjoyed racing cars along with brother Don. A kind and caring man who loved playing cards, enjoyed watching various tv shows especially old western movies and listening to old gospel or country music. Bruce and Laura really enjoyed traveling, making trips across the country visiting family near and far. A man who served in so many ways and in many facets. He had such a loving and giving heart, he will be sorely missed by so many. A funeral service will be held 11:00AM Saturday, June 5 at Nanticoke Baptist Church. Internment with full military honors will follow at West Nanticoke Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, 7323 119 Street Whitney Point, NY 13862 and condolences may be sent to the family at www.nicholsfuneral.com.
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