Brian Jay Riley
August 16, 1966 – July 7, 2020
Brian Jay Riley, 53, of Omaha, Nebraska passed away on July 7, 2020. He was born on August 16, 1966 at Bryan Hospital in Lincoln, NE.
Brian won the Miller and Paine – Gateway 33rd annual National Baby Photo Contest in 1967. He earned his Eagle Scout with Troop 444 in 1983. He graduated from Millard North High School in 1984 and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1998.
He held jobs at Imperial Life and Casualty, Best Buy, TD Ameritrade, Securities America, Cox Communications and the Lincoln Financial Group.
Brian enjoyed music of all types (the louder, the better), dancing, and following Chiefs and Husker football. He was a collector of music media and Tabasco sauces. Brian strongly maintained and loved family traditions. He insisted on strict adherence to all of his beloved Christmas, Easter, and birthday traditions.
He loved to go to Estes Park and Crystal Lake, Colorado as well as Phoenix, Arizona. He enjoyed hiking, camping, backpacking and fishing. With the Boy Scouts, he summited Mount Harvard (14,420 ft), Mount Yale (14,199 ft) and backpacked over 90 miles in 2 weeks at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. With his parents, he slid down Andrew’s Glacier after climbing Flattop Mountain (12,362 ft), Hallet Peak (12,713 ft) and Taylor Peak (13,158 ft) that same day. To complete his Hiking merit badge, his father and his mother accompanied him on a 22-mile hike in northern Rocky Mountain National Park.
Brian’s greatest joy in life was his family. He cherished his wife of 13 years. He was most proud of his role as a father to his five children. Brian was a loving son to his parents, and brother to his two siblings. He was an entertaining uncle to his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marian and Donald Riley and Larry and Leona Mason. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Riley; son, Michael Riley; daughter-in-law, Courtney Riley; son, Jacob Riley; daughters, Heather and Tabitha Whitehill and Makenzie Allen; father, William Riley; mother, Norma Riley; brother, Kevin Riley; sister, Erin Hoffman; brother-in-law, Rich Hoffman; nieces, Elizabeth and Katherine Hoffman; and nephews, Ben and Brandon Hoffman.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Sunday, July 12th from 6pm to 8pm, at the West Center Chapel. For memorials, please donate to the National Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.