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October 3, 1918 - December 23, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY At the age of 95 years, Lee R. Riley died December 23, 2013. He was born October 3, 1918, on the family ranch near Lamar, Colorado, to Lee R. Riley, Sr. and Ella Rose Stuckey Riley. He attended a one-room schoolhouse near the ranch through the seventh grade. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1938. He lived with his sister in Wichita, Kansas, while going to his beloved Wichita State University. He was a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society. He graduated in 1942 with a B.A. degree in geology. While in college, he met his wife, Ethel Carolyn McMahon, and they were married on February 14, 1942. Lee entered active military service with basic training at Camp Robertson, Arkansas, and officer training school at Camp Davis, North Carolina. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. He entered France with Patton's Third Army, moved across France, Germany, and entered Nuremberg on VE day. He spent a period of time relocating former POW's and displaced persons to their native countries. He returned to the USA in November of 1945 with a Bronze Star and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He went to work for Carter Oil Company as a geologist in Wichita, Kansas, and after two years, transferred to Ardmore, Oklahoma, in 1948 during the oil boom. He was the district manager when Carter Oil Co. became a part of Humble Oil and Refining Co. In 1965, the Ardmore office was closed and consolidated to Oklahoma City, where Lee became an exploration manager. After five years, he took an early retirement and became an independent geologist. While living in Ardmore, Lee was President of the Lions Club, headed the United Fund, and was Vice-President of the YMCA Board of Directors. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1954; a member of the Ardmore Geological Society since 1948; became an honorary member of the Oklahoma City Geology Society in 1965; a member of Society of Independent Earth Scientists; an ordained Deacon, Elder and Trustee in the Presbyterian Church; and was a docent at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He and Carolyn were married for 56 years before her passing in 1998. They both loved to play golf, travel and took extensive trips visiting all of the continents except for Antarctica. For 11 years, they treasured the family ski trips to Colorado the day after Christmas. He is survived by his four children: Pat Simmons and her husband Ken, of Tulsa, and their children: Duke Simmons and his wife Wendy, their children, Scarlett, Noah, Isaac, and Milady, of Bixby; Laura LaBlue and her husband Brent, their children, Ashton and Faith, of Blackwell; Alan Simmons, of Dallas; Jean Dunlap and her husband Baillie, of Oklahoma City, and their children: Leah Leckness, of Midwest City; and Genevieve Smith and her husband Dallas and their children, Dalton, Elle, and Rhett, of Newcastle; Mike Riley, of Oklahoma City, and his children: Michael and his wife Kristi, of Oklahoma City; Kevin, of Oklahoma City; and Jennifer Himes and her husband Nate, of Yukon; and Janet Earlywine and her husband Art and their child, Sarah Edwards and her husband Bryan, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Wichita State University Foundation, Hospice Quality Care, Inc. or the . Viewing will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Visit Lee's online memorial at: www.MemorialParkOKC.com

Published in The Oklahoman from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2013
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