Marion Nolen Riley

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Marion Nolan Riley Age 78 was born in Columbus, Ky on May 5, 1945 to the late Fred and Julia Riley. On Sunday March 10, 2024 he departed this life at home.

Marion was raised and educated in Columbus, Ky graduating from Riverview High School as a star basketball player. He later relocated to Columbus, Ohio working several jobs before joining the U S Air Force. After an honorable discharge he married his love. Mary Ann Gaines on August 29, 1969. To this union a daughter, Latonya Riley was born.

Marion was employed by Crane Plastic Mfg. for 30 plus years until retirement in 2010. He had a love for classic cars, enjoyed playing pool and was a tricky bid whist player with the nickname “JOKER”. He also enjoyed his family gatherings and reunions. He was a Buckeye and a Viking football fan. He was a strong husband, father and coolest uncle.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fred Riley; mother, Julia Riley; brothers, Gene Riley and Fred Riley Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Mary Ann Riley; daughters, Latonya Riley, Tracy Gaines, Wanda Gaines; son, Timothy Gaines, sisters, Eddie Mae Sowell, Martha Riley, Shella Gipson; brothers, Colbert (Cathi) Riley of San Antonio, Texas, Bobby (Phyllis) Riley, Larry (Pamela) Riley, Howard (Sherry) Riley of Tucson, Az., Donald (Anita) Riley of Lexington Ky., and many grands, nieces and nephews.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST 5456 E. Livingston Ave. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Riley Family, visit

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  1. Sorry to hear that Marion was a great guy a true friend we worked together for over 30yrs at VIPCO he will truly be missed by many lots of prayers sent to his family and his many friends rest in peace old friend until we meet again

  2. Timothy Harlin

    I had the pleasure of working with Marion for over 30 years at Crane Plastic. We became friends.
    I am so sorry to hear about his passing I offer my condolences to his family. I wii keep you all in my prayers.

  3. Sorry for your loss, Marion was a good man. I was a co-worker of his at Crane Siding. I will be missed.My Prayers go out to the Riley Family.

  4. He will be missed

  5. .Delorise Hancock

    Mary Ann Sorry to hear of the passing of you love one may God strengthen you and comfort you in This Time of sorrow.

  6. Catherine Hoover

    To the Riley family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.
    Gary and Cathy Hoover

  7. So sorry to hear about Marion, worked with him at VIPCO, he wad a great guy and will be missed. My Prayers go out to his family.

  8. Bettie Shumate

    My condolences, and prayers go out to the family, I have known Marion since being a child and he was always so nice, friendly, and fun to be around. He will surly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Fly high, and Rest in Peace.

    Bettie Shumate (Chip)

  9. Austen Schrader

    A really great person worked with Riley for 20 years. He will really be missed and those fish fries at Old Bag of Nails with Tom and Rick will be missed.

  10. My Condolences to maryann & family marion will be truly miss. The Dean & Davis family ❤ ❤

  11. Words can’t express how I feel right now. I have known you since I was a little girl. You seen me grow up. You was just riding on your lawnmower cutting your grass and I told my mom what you was doing lol. I going to miss riding down the street either waving or beeping my horn at you. Rest Easy Mr. Marion ❤️

  12. Penny Shepherd

    I’m sorry for yal loss. Marion was a very nice young man. He aways had a big smile and a kind word to give. My heart go out to the family with Love

  13. my. god. bless. all. of. you

  14. My sincere condolences to the family of Marion Riley. I met him years ago while playing basketball. I have always considered him a friend.
    Rest In Peace and Power.

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