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Kevin P. Riley Sr.

September 21, 2018

memorial service

September 28, 2018
- 11:00 AM

Fargo Seventh-Day Adventist Church:


Boulger Funeral Home

Kevin P. Riley Sr.

September 21, 2018


It is with great sadness that the family of Kevin Paul Riley, Sr. announces his sudden passing on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the age of 60.
Kevin was proud of his Native American heritage and an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

He was born on March 25, 1958 in Moorhead, MN. Kevin grew up in Edgeley, ND and went to College in Wahpeton completing a Plumbing degree in 1978. He moved his family to Fargo, ND in the early 80’s. Kevin obtained his Journeyman license in 1982 and Master Plumbing License in 1984. Kevin spent the next 38 years as a Plumber in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Kevin was a proud father and grandfather and his family has many good memories of spending the weekend at the lakes or camping during the summer months. He was a good friend and great story teller. Kevin was an avid reader with an impressive book collection. He loved science fiction and always knew interesting facts and tidbits of information. His wealth of knowledge was astonishing!

Kevin is survived by his children Kristina (Brett) Bailey, Kevin (Summer) Riley, Jr., and Christopher Riley; his sisters Karen (Jim) Sievers, Mike (Gordon) Heim, and Lorae Mercado; brothers Wayne and Delvin Lufkins; his grandchildren Kevin Riley III, Samantha Elliot, Cayden Riley, Kennyth Riley, Sofiya Riley, James Riley, and Sonya Riley; his aunts Roberta Trevino, Florestine Kiyukampi, Chyrel DeCoteau; uncle Byron Renville; many nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Kevin is preceded in death by his parents Harlan and Radine Riley; biological mother Naomi Lufkins ; grandson Jakob Riley; sister LaVonne Lufkins; his uncles Kenneth Renville, Mandis Renville, Merle Renville; and aunt Adrienne Renville-Ree.

Come share your stories of remembrance on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Fargo Seventh-Day Adventist Church: 5718 36th St. South Fargo, ND 58104 at 11am for his memorial service and light lunch. We will be bringing Kevin home to the Sisseton-Wahpeton reservation. His homecoming celebration will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 2pm at the Community Center in Agency Village.

Kevin will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He would want you to spend more time with your children and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond. Kemosabe.


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8 responses to “Kevin P. Riley Sr.”

  1. Anonymous girl says:

    Much respect. We told each other that. I shed a few tears. You were a good guy.

  2. Betty Fear says:

    You will me missed Kevin. You were a great neighbor. Fly high with the angels

  3. Doug Cofell says:

    Loved growing up with Kevin. We had great fun. He will be missed.

  4. Donene Feist says:

    My heart is heavy and thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Kevin.

    For the bulk of my childhood, Kevin watched over all the youngsters in the neighborhood. Our families camped much together, mostly at Roy Lake, with the McColm’s, Lee’s and often the Nordley’s. Sica Hollow was near by and was a favorite place to go. He was a great storyteller! I could never get the water skiing thing down and he was the best cheerleader of encouragement.

    He taught us all to play football where we would gather in the Anderson machinery lot which was across the road. He ALWAYS had our back. I do not ever recall an unkind word, in fact just the opposite… and as adults had a memory that didn’t quit, reminding us of days gone by.

    We worked together from young ages at the Riley’s Jack and Jill throughout our high school years. He always seemed to know, when I or anyone else was silent that something was bothering and would break out into song or a joke. He simply had a wonderful knack of reading people’s emotions and could always make them smile and laugh.

    The neighborhood also had many elderly widows. When he was not helping out at the store, you could often see him helping the neighborhood elders. It is just who he was. Man with a big heart, always extending a hand or a word of encouragement to all of us.
    A true friend

    This obituary is a beautiful tribute to him. May his light forever shine upon us

  5. jade mann says:

    kevin you will be missed jade rip it was nice working with you

  6. Pastor Gary Nims says:

    I’m one of the pastors of Grace Nited Methodist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Our prayers are with Karen and all family and friends grieving in this tragedy.

  7. Stefanie Case says:

    I want to express my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Something that has always brought me comfort is the promises from our creator Jehovah God. Rev. 21:4 says soon “he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Then Acts 24:15 says will will see our loved ones again by means of the resurrection. I truely hope this can bring you comfort as well during this difficult time.

  8. Phyllis Davidson says:

    My heart is deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Kevin. I have fond memories of Kevin from Brookdale Baptist Church when he moved his family to Moorhead Minnesota. May he rest in peace. I pray God’s mercy and Grace on the Family during these difficult days as well as the days ahead.

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