Walter West "Walt" Riley

  • Born: July 31, 1951
  • Died: September 16, 2013
  • Location: Richardson, Texas

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Dallas, TX 75243

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Tribute & Message From The Family


RILEY, WALTER WEST "WALT", 62, passed away September 16, 2013. He was born July 31, 1951, in Dallas, Texas. He attended W. T. White High School and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from SMU in early 1974. Walt joined Bell Helicopter Textron in September 1974, working several helicopter and tilt rotor programs there, and had currently held the position of Technical Fellow for Drive Systems at Bell. He is preceded in death by his father, Melvin A. Riley, Jr., his mother, Vivian Walterine West Riley, and his brothers, Melvin A. Riley III and Michael Anthony Riley. He is survived by his sister, Pamela Ann Riley Moize Rittenberry, his cousins, Jere Forman and Carol Blassingame, 2 nieces, and 4 nephews. A memorial service will be held at Restland on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel (West Entrance) with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Walter Riley's name to the American Red Cross.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Walt was wise beyond his years and very patient when asked for knowledge. He will be missed.

Posted by Nikki King - Fort Worth, TX - CoWorker   September 25, 2013

Walt was a well respected man by his counterparts at NAVAIR. I had some
opportunity to work with him and was impressed by his depth of knowledge and
engineering ability. He will be missed and continue to be highly regarded in the
NAVAIR community.

Posted by Kurt Prescher - Lexington Park, MD - Business Customer   September 24, 2013

I first met Walt 21 years ago in Fort Worth whilst working for the UKCAA. Since then I always knew I could call him if I needed an opinion or some general drive train advice. It was a pleasure working with Walt and I always had a good feeling about the safety of Bell transmission designs as I knew they were benefiting from Walt's dedication, integrity and long experience in the field.

Walt will be truely missed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Alastair Healey, Transmission Section Manager EASA.

Posted by Alastair Healey - Cologne - Colleague   September 23, 2013

I am surprised and saddened at Walt's passing. Thinking of all those years that we worked together at Bell Helicopter bring back fond memories. Gone but not forgotten. I will miss you buddy.

Posted by Horace Hanson - Fort Worth, TX - Coworker and friend   September 23, 2013

I worked closely with Walt for 33 years. He was a true friend and one of the sharpist engineers I've ever known.

Posted by Steve Killion - Sanger, TX - Friend and Co-worker   September 22, 2013

He was a role model. He was a mentor. He was a friend. I will be forever in debt to him for the nine short years since he gave me the opportunity to work at Bell under his wing.

Posted by Russell Mueller - Dallas, TX - Co-worker   September 21, 2013

Walt was a superior engineer, a wonderful man and a great friend. No one knew more about drive system at Bell than him. And no one was more patient in teaching others about it than him. His voice on the other end of the line was a calming factor for Kelly as a young new hire engineer in flight test. To the last day, he was Jim's go to guy for everything drive system. I hope he knew how much he was loved by everyone who knew him. It's a reminder to us all to tell the people around us what they mean to us.

Posted by Jim and Kelly McCollough - Arlington, TX - co-workers and friends   September 21, 2013

We've known and worked with Walt for many years. His wit and humor was a pleasure to be around and his abilities highly respected. He will be sorely missed for both his guidance and genuine personality.

Posted by Allen and Leigh Altman - Keller, TX - co-workers   September 21, 2013

Walt was my go-to guy at Bell Helicopter for drive system issues that might arise during accident investigations. He always made time to talk and would share his vast knowledge at will. I have been in awe of his incredible engineering knowledge, but I also have enjoyed his humor and warm personality. I am really glad that I was able to get to know him. I will miss him. He was a kind and gentle man. Blessings to the family.

Posted by Mark Stuntzner - Grand Prairie, TX - Co-Worker   September 21, 2013

I enjoyed working with Walt during my time at Bell Helicopter. Walt was a very intelligent engineer and a recognized expert in his discipline. He had a singular wit that help break the tension but was quick to share his vast knowledge and expertise. Walt, you will be missed. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

Posted by Werner Idler - Arlington, TX - Co-worker   September 21, 2013

Walt - an excellent analytical engineer, the go-to guy for helicopter drive system issues, he was always eager to offer his technical counsel on small issues or large (provided you brought resources), a good friend, we shared a common passion for water skiing (we would sometimes ski after work), and finely engineered German performance cars. He was also an avid consumer of new technologies and BMW 328s, as he tried to wear out several of these cars driving longer than most of us (at Bell) to work and back. He will be missed very much by all who associated with him.

Posted by Jim Miller - Mt. Dora, FL - Former Co-worker   September 21, 2013

Walt had it a wealth of technical and practical knowledge about helicopter drive systems. He also had the capability to work with others to make the helicopter drive train reliable and safe. His years of experience were helpful when he was designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be one of their engineering representatives known as an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER). As a flight test engineer for Bell Helicopter I had a high regard for Walt's work and his opinions concerning flightworthy helicopter drivetrains. Many one-of-a-kind test helicopters relied on men like Walt who were willing to try something new. Also many production helicopters the world over depended on the work Walt and his compatriots did to ensure they were properly maintained and safe lives established for dynamic components. Thanks Walt rest in peace. Steve Schmidt

Posted by Stephen Schmidt - Arlington, TX - Fellow worker at Bell Helicopter   September 20, 2013

Walt was one of the "nice guys". Always helpful, considerate and VERY smart. He was willing to share his knowledge and teach others, a rare quality indeed! Walt will be missed by all that knew him.

Posted by Dudley Smith - Arlington, TX - C-Worker   September 20, 2013

Working with highly capable persons like Walt is one of the most rewarding experience that an engineer can have.
He will be sorely missed by all the people in Italy that had the opportunity to met him over the past years.
Bye Walt.

Posted by Andrea - Milan, Italy   September 20, 2013

Candle

I met Walt in Italy many years ago and I'm very sorry of his death. Sincere condolences.
Giuseppe

Posted by Giuseppe De Dionigi    September 19, 2013

I worked with Walter at Bell Helicopter and was always in awe of his tremendous knowledge and experience. He was one of the best in the world at designing and fielding helicopter drive systems, a complex and difficult field. He was appointed as a Technical Fellow, the best of the best. He was also a mentor, and a leader for the younger engineers who sought his guidance. We in the helicopter industry around the world will miss Walt, his wealth of knowledge, his spirited humor and his technical courage to stand for what was right when standing up and being counted was what we needed. May the Lord bless and Keep you, Walt.

Posted by Nick Lappos    September 19, 2013

Walt was a career long mentor to me and had an amazing knowledge or helicopters! He was very well respected by all everywhere. My heart is heavy. We love Walt!

Posted by Charley - Fort Worth, TX - Co- Worker   September 18, 2013

I worked with Walt from the time he hired in at Bell until I retired in March 2010. I always considered him one of the smartest and best Engineers I knew. He had a great sense of humor and an easy-going style that made him a joy to work with. His passing will definitely leave a void at Bell Helicopter at he will be missed by his many friends.
Don Ward

Posted by Donald J. Ward - Arlington, TX - Friend   September 18, 2013