Ollie Riley Sr.

September 1, 1930February 7, 2020

Ollie Riley, Sr., of Harrisburg, died at age 89. He was born in Macon, Mississippi to the late West Riley and Mary Alice Riley. Ollie leaves his wife of 69 years: Anna Jane Riley; children: Ollie Riley, Jr. (Brenda), Phyllis Reid (Richard), CherylAnn Aquino, Michael Riley, and Jason Riley (Shirley); brother: Artis Riley; grandchildren: Aram Riley, Christopher Gaither-Reid, Jonathan Riley, Mercedes Addie (Ralph), Brandyn Riley (Nailah) and Caleb Riley; great-grandchildren: Maleah Miller, Aramya Riley, Nora Gaither, Geneva Goodlief, Isaiah Riley, Jayden Riley, Andreis Riley and Areyle Riley. He was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 brothers: Rachel Brewer, Mamie Castor, KatieLee Collins, John, Richard, Tommie and Willie Riley.

He attended school in Erie Pennsylvania and graduated from Academy High School. In 1953, his family relocated to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Although Ollie enjoyed a diverse secular career from working at Gannett Fleming, Combined Insurance, Central Dauphin School District to finally ending his semi-retirement with Conewago Place, no work brought him greater joy than serving Jehovah as an elder and pioneer publisher.

After gaining accurate knowledge of God’s Kingdom and his purpose for mankind, Ollie symbolized his dedication by baptism on August 3, 1950. He loved sharing Bible truths with others and took great pleasure in conducting personal Bible studies with individuals from all walks of life.

He will be missed by many and was loved by many more. Amen!

A memorial service will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 4331 Rodkey Road, Harrisburg,PA 17110.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 14, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 14, 2020


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Gil Broxie Pittsburgh

February 18, 2020

My sincere condolences to Brother Riley's family. We met him during the International convention in S. Africa in 2009. He was a very nice brother.

Stellita (sue) Venable-Baltimore Harrisburg

February 15, 2020

My Sincere Condolences and Prayers to the Riley Family. Brother Riley was Always the same to me thru the years. A kind and Encouraging spirit.

Gus&Shelia Sullivan Salisbury

February 15, 2020

Our deepest and sincere sympathy to all of the Riley Family.What a wonderful long life your loved one had. May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy to all of your hearts.

Mike Poole Harrisburg

February 14, 2020

My Sincere Condolences To The Riley Family Praying For Strength,Healing And Comfort God Bless

Renata Moseley Harper Steelton

February 13, 2020

Dear Riley Family, those of us who know Jason and his family are witnesses of the legacy imparted by a wise and loving father. We are saddened to know that you are grieving. Yet, we know that your faith will strengthen and comfort you.

February 13, 2020

To Anna Jane and family ~

I am so very sorry for the loss of our brother, Ollie, Sr. He gave so much in serving our Great Father, Jehovah. Please know that I pray that the family will be comforted and strengthened during this very difficult time. I share your loss.

May those friends around you give you encouragement at this time.


Cynthia Smith-Little, widow of the late Timothy W. Little
Frederica, Delaware

Roy Epler Middletown

February 12, 2020

Was so sad to hear of the Passing Of Mr. Riley he was always so kind and liked to joke around when I would wait on him at the Check out at Lowe's my deepest Condolences and prayers to the Riley family in this time of great lose

Christina McNeil-Smith

February 12, 2020

So many good memories from Brother Riley ... Definitely his humor and uplifting words of wisdom will be missed. He has been close with the McNeil family before I was even thought about ... always helping my NaNa with all seven of her kids. So loving and kind. Cant wait to see you again.


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