Dr. John A. Riley passed away in his home in Templeton, CA surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 8, 2020, after a battle with lung cancer.

John was born in 1947 in Findlay, OH to William C. and Betty J. Riley.

He graduated from Findlay High School in 1966. He proudly served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. For his service he earned numerous medals including the Purple Heart. After the war he received a Bachelor of Arts from Toledo University in 1975, a Master of Arts in 1978 and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Psychology in 1980 from the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked as a psychologist at the Atascadero State Hospital for many years and had two private practices where he counseled veterans. In his work he gained trusted friends and never turned down anyone who needed his help. He was a devoted family man, enjoyed playing tennis and had a soft spot for the many animals and babies around the Riley Ranch. He had a dry and witty sense of humor that he kept until his final days.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant daughter Caitlin.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Riley; daughter Stephanie “Stevie” Riley; son Everett Riley (Lauren); sister Ann Cooper (Dennis), Leesburg, FL; sister Jane Riker, Findlay, OH; brother William “Bill” Riley (Joni), Findlay, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Central Coast Hospice and in particular John’s palliative care nurse Genevieve.

A service celebrating John’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the American Legion Hall, Templeton, with a reception following at the family’s home. A second service will be held later this year in Findlay, OH. Arrangements are pending.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Hancock County Memorial Squad, in care of Hancock County Veterans Service; or to the Hancock County Humane Society.

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