Bud Riley

Lawrence Frank “Bud” Riley left this world to spend eternity with the Lord on Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, 2020.

Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Manor Employee Fund or Central Christian Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.

Lawrence Frank, “Buddy” to his family, was born July 8, 1931, in Wilburton, Okla., to Joseph Edward and Emily Lee (Hawkins) Riley. At the time he entered first grade, the family moved to Wister, Okla. He had three older siblings, Jo Ed, Mike and Dorothy. They enjoyed swimming and fishing in the nearby mountain creek. He attended the Baptist Church.

Bud’s sister shared that he was a very good baseball player. He loved the game and excelled at it. She said that his high school coach said he had the most natural ability he had ever seen. He graduated from Wister High in 1949 at age 17. At this time, he began his career with the Santa Fe Railroad. Bud came from a long line of railroaders. His paternal grandfather, father, and his father’s four brothers all worked for the railroad. He married Louise Vise in 1949 and moved to Enid, Okla. They had two children, a daughter, Kathy, and son, Frank. The family moved to Newkirk, Okla. in 1954.

Bud married Joleta (Waldorf) Riley in 1965 and gained two daughters, Jayne and Jana Alexander. They welcomed another daughter, Elizabeth, in 1969.

Bud left the railroad in 1967 to join his father-in-law Bill Waldorf’s heating and air business, which then became Waldorf-Riley Heat and Air. He very much enjoyed this work and the people and friends he made in the process. Whenever unable to recall a name, he would refer to them as “ole outfit,” then would give us clues until we figured out who he was referring to. Bud was hard working, easy to get along with and friendly. He enjoyed country music and playing along on his guitar with his favorite sidekicks, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.

Bud and Joleta sold Waldorf Riley in 1997 in an attempt to retire. After five years and missing the work, they opened Bud’s Heat and Air. He retired the final time in 2010 and truly missed it, always wishing he had a job and could still be working.

In these latter few years he lived at the Presbyterian Manor, where he developed dear relationships with the staff there. The care and compassion shown to him was a gift. He considered them family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; wife, Joleta; and daughter, Kathy.

He is survived by his son, Frank (Darla) Riley, of Norman, Okla.; daughters, Jayne Fry, of Wichita, Jana (Chris) Wooderson, of Arkansas City, and Liz (Brian) Shepard, of Arkansas City; sister, Dorothy Feltman, of Prague, Okla.; sister-in-law, Julie Waldorf, of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Eric Newell, of Mustang, Okla., Rance (Mary Beth) Riley, of Norman, Okla., Suzanne Fry, of Wichita, Corbyn (Ali) Fry, of Topeka, and Madeline Shepard, of Arkansas City; and great-grandchildren, Carder Riley, Crue Riley, Knox Riley and Noah Fry.

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