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“Rest in peace my good friend.see you in heaven some day ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: James Winsch - Grandview, MO

“Sincere Thoughts of Condolence. Remember well the Loras Days, His Humor and Good Nature. Good Thoughts and Prayers! ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Terry D West - Rockton, IL

“Will always be remembered as a great classmate , and Du Hawk. Condolences to his family. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Barry Grenier - los altos, CA


4 of 25 | Posted by: barry grenier - los altos, CA

“Our deepest condolences to family.Ray & Deb ”
5 of 25 | Posted by: ray wuebben - rockford, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Fenton - Sterling, IL

“Dear the family I am sorry your Loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family From Cheyenne Pautsch and family ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Cheyenne Pautsch - South Beloit, IL

“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...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: jeffrey gadient - glenview, IL

“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...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Paulette Selmi - Sterling, IL

“Great Guy!! ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Craig Mabie - Lake Dallas, TX

“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...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathy due to the loss of Charley. ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: James and Linda Parks - Dixon, IL

“To:Fran and Riney FamilyMy 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...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Renata Washington-Eleby - IL

“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...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Julie Burns-Strain - Beloit, WI

“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...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Steven Niemczyk - BELVIDERE, IL

“My sincere condolences for your loss. May God bless all the family and give them strength during this difficult time. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: Liz Gulley-Criss - Roselle, IL

“Rest in pease Coach you'll will always be remembered. ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Chuck Proulx - Lyndon, IL

“Thank you! Your passion for education and developing young minds inspired my appreciation for literature and writing.BHS '93 ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: JAME ORR - ROCKFORD, IL - student

“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...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Sue Conklen knowles - IN

“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. ”
20 of 25 | Posted by: Margaret Downing - South Beloit, IL

“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...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: brooklyn Mason Mane - IL

“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...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Laurie Burnworth - Channahon, IL

“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....Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Rodger Day - Rockford, IL

“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...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Curt Repass - Sterling, IL


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.