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“Laurel and Dee...I cannot tell you in words how sorry I am to here of your loss. Everything I have heard about Riley has been that he was an ...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin & Michellle Hobbs - Gilman, IA

“To all of Riley's Family, I just want you all to know we are praying for you as a community. Hoping comfort and strength can fill your hearts during...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Richard Berman - Grinnell, IA

“So sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can for you please don't hesitate to call on us. Many prayers and hugs for the entire family...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Glenn and Sharon Gibson - IA

“This is such a difficult time for you and your family. I lift you all up in prayer and peace now and in the coming days. Take Care. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Tammy Strawser - Grinnell, IA

“I am so very sorry for your loss and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I am Aaron Johnson mom. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Debra Wickliff - Newton, IA

“My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Hugs. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Pat Smothers - Montezuma, IA

“you are all in my thoughts and PRAYERS,may GOD hold you close.all my LOVE aunt nancy ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: nancy roose - oskaloosa, IA

“So sorry for your loss. I feel very blessed to have been able to meet him. He always had a smile on his face and very respectful! ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Colleen Darrah - Toledo, IA

“Sorry for your loss. Riley and the rest of your family will be in our prayers. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Jamey Gibson - Grinnell - Friend

“Hearts are broken, empty as we mourn with all of Riley's family and friends. You couldn't help but like Riley, his energy and that smile of his was...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Dawn Hanson - Grinnell, IA

“Laurel, Deedee, Jordan & Evan. Our deepest and sincere sympathy to everyone in losing Riley. You are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Keith & Bonnie Stewart - Grinnell, IA

“Today I lit a candle for Riley. He is God's child and with that may you find peace. We are so very sorry for you loss and cannot imagine the...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Dennis & Brenda Lowry - Kellogg, IA

“I was so heartbroken when Matt told me about Riley. He was a nice young man with a kind heart.There is nothing I can say to take your pain away....Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Stewart - grinnell, IA

“Thinking and praying for your family, Sympathy and tears for you guys during this unimaginable time. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Danette Moore - Gower, MO

“I am so sorry for your loss. Riley was one of a kind and a student who shared his energy and passion in the classroom. He will be missed by many. May...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: deb yellick manly - grinnell, IA

“I'm sorry to hear this. I was in the welding program with Riley. He was a great kid. He always made class better. My thoughts are with the family...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Elizabeth Browder - Garwin, IA

“We are so sorry. If you need anything please let us know. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Kendell and Amy Sleeuwenhoek 6 - IA

“Sorry for your loss Laurel and DeeDee. Riley was a good kid, I always enjoyed watching "lefty" bowl. Jeff "Mac" ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Jeff McNurlen - Grinnell, IA

“Laurel and Deedee so sorry to hear of your loss. May God and his angels help you thorough this rough time ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Loma PInkerton - Grinnell, IA

“Laurel, I'm so very sorry for you & your family's loss! ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Manatt - Grinnell, IA

“Riley ou were a good human being. I love you and miss you. And my love goes out to all family ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Skye Taylor - Lakeland, FL

“Laurel,Deedee,Jordan Evan & family,I cant imagine the grief you are feeling. So So sorry to hear about the loss of Riley, hoping you can find comfort...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Angie Schnathorst - Malcom

“The entire Ely family. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you all comfortDuring this very difficult time. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Tex Black - Moline,, IL

“So sorry to hear may prayers look over your family. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Peggy Hudnutt guyer - Grinnell


Riley J. Ely, age 20, of Kellogg, died on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in rural Poweshiek County north of Malcom.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Crow officiating. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery northwest of Grinnell. A reception will follow at the Grinnell Eagles Club.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell and his family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Riley J. Ely Memorial Fund and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Riley Jackson Ely was born the son of Laurel and Dee Dee Ely on July 9, 1996, in Grinnell, Iowa. He was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School with the class of 2014. He attended Marshalltown Community College, where he graduated as a Manufacturing Welding Practitioner. Riley was employed at HW Brand in Grinnell.

Riley loved to be outdoors fishing, riding dirt bikes, hunting and skate boarding. He spent many hours bowling with his family and friends. Riley loved to work on trucks with his little brother, Evan, and take the dogs on long rides. He took immense pride in his job and loved what he did. Riley will be remembered for being a "wild child" with his big brother, Jordan, his contagious laugh and the beautiful smile that was always on his face. He never left home or hung up the phone without saying, "I love you". His brothers will remember the many wrestling matches that took place in the living room. Riley was a great friend and enjoyed being a "big brother" to many. He always made any situation more fun. Riley was genuine, adventurous, loyal and loving to his family and friends. We will carry Riley's laughter and sense of humor in our hearts forever.

Riley is survived by his parents, Laurel and Dee Dee Ely of rural Kellogg; his brothers, Jordan (Hope) Ely of Grinnell, and Evan Ely of Kellogg; his grandfather, Leroy Blom of rural Grinnell, aunts and uncles, Greg Blom of rural Grinnell, Phyllis Kephart of New Sharon, Lisa (Ken) Ellenson of Amana, and Warren Blom of rural Grinnell. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Georgie Ely and Janice Blom; and uncle, Lane Kephart.

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