Charley Riney

  • Born: August 16, 1945
  • Died: July 1, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charley P. Riney, age 73, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 1st, surrounded by family and friends. Charley was born in Keokuk, Iowa and graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1963. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1963-67, graduating with a degree in teaching high school English, a career he pursued for 47 years. During his time at Loras, Riney was a standout on the basketball and track teams, setting a new conference record in the High Jump, and several other new records as well. In 1967 he placed 4th at the NCAA regionals which qualified him for the NCAA finals.

That same year, Charley accepted a position teaching and coaching at Immaculate Conception High School in Cherokee, Iowa.

In August 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army. His "job" was playing basketball at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Charley was assigned to HQ, USARV near the Long Bien/Saigon area in August of 1969.

While serving his tour "in country", Riney was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon his return state-side, Charley attended graduate school at the University of Iowa in their secondary school of guidance counseling. His next position was as head basketball and track coach at Beloit Catholic High School in Beloit, WI. His '72 and '73 track teams were State Champions and his '73 basketball team made the Elite Eight. A successful career in coaching, teaching and administration thus began, including many memorable years at Sterling Newman, Byron, Guilford and South Beloit High Schools among others. Some of Mr. Riney's awards and recognition include: 7 varsity letters in basketball and track with Loras College, 5 times being included in the Who's Who of American Teachers, twice being honored by Western Illinois University as a Highly Motivational Teacher, and placement in Newman's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charley was proceeded in death by his parents, Pat and Ruth and is survived by two brothers, Bill (Jeanne) Riney and Dan (Terry) Riney and two sisters, Becky (Steve) Sloboda and Mary Riney-Fox, and a host of nieces and nephews. Charley is also survived by his three children who have brought him great joy and pride with their successes and their families; Jeff (Noelle) Riney and grandsons Vaughn and Jack and granddaughter Emma, Kelly (Michael) Riney Feary and grandson Rowan, and Jason (Gina) Riney and granddaughter Samantha and grandsons Jackson and Andrew. Charley is survived by his wife Frances Riney whom he married in May 2009. Charley is also survived by his beloved stepchildren and grandchildren: Sierra (AJ) Glassburn and grandsons Braedyn, Noah and Camden, Jordan Skaff and granddaughter Janelle, and Andy Fenton and granddaughter Zara. Charley and Fran are extremely proud of their children and grandchildren and built the "Riney Resort" for their enjoyment for years to come.

Visitation will be held on Friday July 5, 2019 from 2-6 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls, with a Celebration of Life following at Champs on Light St, 11 E. 3rd St. Sterling, IL 7pm.
The funeral will follow on Saturday at 11 AM at Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Burial will conclude on Monday July 8, 2019 at Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, IA.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in peace my good friend.see you in heaven some day

Posted by James Winsch - Grandview, MO - Friend   September 09, 2019

Sincere Thoughts of Condolence. Remember well the Loras Days, His Humor and Good Nature. Good Thoughts and Prayers!

Posted by Terry D West - Rockton, IL - Classmate   July 14, 2019

Will always be remembered as a great classmate , and Du Hawk. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Barry Grenier - los altos, CA   July 09, 2019

Posted by barry grenier - los altos, CA   July 09, 2019

Our deepest condolences to family.
Ray & Deb

Posted by ray wuebben - rockford, IL - Family Friend   July 06, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Posted by Mike Fenton - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 05, 2019

Dear the family I am sorry your Loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family From Cheyenne Pautsch and family

Posted by Cheyenne Pautsch - South Beloit, IL - Student   July 04, 2019

i was honored to have charley as a classmate, teammate and most importantly as a friend. i will miss his ready smile, quick wit and keen sense of humor. god speed " cazzie ".

jeff gadient

Posted by jeffrey gadient - glenview, IL - Friend   July 03, 2019

I had the honor of meeting Charley in April 2019, when both him and I were at Regency. A friendship was quickly established and we would talk gor hours over coffee at every meal. A more accomplished and fascinating individual, I've never met. Charley introduced me to his autobiographical book entitled "A Guy Named Charley: My Refusal to Be Average." I devoured the book in one evening.

Charley was anything but average. He was a star and rose to the top in whatever he chose to do. I wished I would have had him as a teacher, as my little sister did. She told me "he was my favorite teacher...he was a great man."

I will NEVER FORGET Charley, even though I knew him only three weeks. He made a profound impact on me. Discussions with him lead me to recognize that I, too, have never been average.

His memory and spirit will live on in me and hundreds of others.

My heartfelt condolences to Fran and Charley's family.

Posted by Paulette Selmi - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 03, 2019

Great Guy!!

Posted by Craig Mabie - Lake Dallas, TX - Student   July 03, 2019

Jason and the entire Riney Family:

I was shocked to hear of Charley's passing. I first met Charley when he was teaching and coaching in Beloit and I was in Clinton, Wisconsin. We were competitors and friends and I had GREAT respect for him.
Years later we met when our sons (Jason Riney and Eric Holt)became good friends and teammates at Byron High School.
My sincere condolences to the entire Riney Family! RIP my friend!

Jack Holt
Windsor, Colorado

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathy due to the loss of Charley.

Posted by James and Linda Parks - Dixon, IL - Family Friend   July 03, 2019


To:Fran and Riney Family
My prayers and thoughts are with you as you go though this season of change. I'm so glad that I met Charlie, and Fran I will always remember the good times. Family hold on to God's unchanging hand as he continues to strengthen you daily, RIP friend.

Posted by Renata Washington-Eleby - Rockford, IL   July 03, 2019

Coach Riney was a great Mentor,and Teacher to me, at BCH.We all liked and loved him very much. ..I'm so sorry for your loss. ..My prayers are with you.

Posted by Julie Burns-Strain - Beloit, WI - Student   July 02, 2019

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
Charley was a very good friend, he will be missed. I've known him since 2006 and he was always helpful and friendly.

Posted by Steven Niemczyk - BELVIDERE, IL - Friend   July 02, 2019

My sincere condolences for your loss. May God bless all the family and give them strength during this difficult time.

Posted by Liz Gulley-Criss - Roselle, IL - Friend   July 02, 2019

Rest in pease Coach you'll will always be remembered.

Posted by Chuck Proulx - Lyndon, IL - Family   July 02, 2019

Thank you! Your passion for education and developing young minds inspired my appreciation for literature and writing.

BHS '93

Posted by JAME ORR - ROCKFORD, IL - student   July 02, 2019

Fran and family. I knew your dad when we was a coach at Newman. I thought he was a fun teacher and was great with the students. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sue Conklen knowles - Columbia city, IN - Student   July 02, 2019

Charley was a very nice man, a very smart man and I much appreciated him letting me do his Vietnam story in 2016. God bless him.

Posted by Margaret Downing - South Beloit, IL - Friend   July 02, 2019

Mr. riney was a great man and teacher I was in his honors English classes through high school and he is the sole reason I finished school. I will forever be great til for his kind heart I know he is missed by many.

Posted by brooklyn Mason Mane - South beloit, IL - Student   July 02, 2019

My Dad and two other family members passed recently and soon afterward I remember being comforted by the thought that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Our loss is our loved ones' gain. I hope this helps to comfort you also, Fran and family! We certainly will miss them here until the day we are all Home together! Prayers for all the Rineys as you grieve the loss of your dear Charley.

Posted by Laurie Burnworth - Channahon, IL - Friend   July 02, 2019

A great man. A great neighbor. A great person all around. He will be missed by many and our thoughts and prayers go out to Fran and his family. Godspeed my friend!
Rodger Day & Family

Posted by Rodger Day - Rockford, IL   July 02, 2019

Charley was a great man and a great neighbor for years here in Rockford. He will be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the Fran and his family during these rough times. Godspeed my friend!
Rodger Day & Family

Posted by A friend   July 02, 2019

Charley was a good man, and will be missed. We had several discussions comparing our surgeries, and I know how much he cared for his family. Janice and I are out of town and will miss the funeral/visitation. We just want to extend our condolences to Fran, and their children. You are all in our prayers and please let us know if we can ever do anything for you. You were a class act, Charley, and a better person.

Posted by Curt Repass - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 02, 2019