Charles Riley

Charles T Riley Jr.

Monday, May 11th, 1925 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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RILEY, JR., CHARLES THEODORE, - of Egg Harbor Township, born on May 11, 1925, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the age of 94. Charlie to most, Pop to some, and Dad and Pop-Pop to one and one, lived a true American story. Born to father, Charles T. Riley, and mother, Flora in rural Southern New Jersey, Charlie spent his early childhood years as an only child living on a farm with no running water or electricity. He would tell stories about warming himself by a wood stove in the winter and having to use an outhouse in the middle of a cold winter’s night. Charlie’s mother passed away when Charlie was a boy. His father remarried and Charlie moved with his father and step-mother, Anna Riley, to Wenonah, New Jersey. Charlie graduated Woodbury High School in 1943 and was immediately drafted into the United States Navy. Charlie was a turret gunner on a torpedo bomber on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, assigned to the Pacific. He would often recount the harrowing tale of how once the bottom part of the torpedo bomber was shot out by the enemy, and his pilot had to land the plane on the carrier with Charlie hanging from his straps in the ball-turret machine gun placement with his legs dangling above the void. And then there was the time his torpedo bomber took a hit to the fuel tank and they had to ditch the plane into the rough seas and wait for their comrades to save them. After Charlie returned from war, his father gave him two days to rest and then marched him down to the Mobile Oil plant to get a job. Charlie worked at Mobile Oil’s Paulsboro Refinery for 38 years. Charlie married Frances Riley (ne Conover) (deceased) shortly after the war. Charlie and Fran raised their daughter Evelyn (Lynn) Lushear in Brooklawn, New Jersey and summered in Ocean City, New Jersey for many, many years before they moved to Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey after Charlie’s retirement from Mobile Oil to be closer to Lynn and her family. In his retirement, Charlie returned to the air, obtaining his pilot’s license and purchasing his own Cessna plane, which he loved so much. Charlie was a good one.... He was kind of heart, gentle, charismatic, and genuinely interested in people and making others happy. He will be missed dearly. Charlie is survived by his daughter, Lynn, his granddaughter Stephanie Cruse (Will), his grandsons Charles and Roderick Lushear (Samantha), and great-grandkids Vivian Cruse and Nova Lee and Parker Migliore.
A Gathering with the family will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 10am until 11am at the Adams-Perfect Funeral Home 1650 New Road, Northfield NJ.A Funeral Service will follow at 11am. Burial will be held at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Cinnaminson, NJ.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
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  • Service

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Adams-Perfect Funeral Home
    1650 New Road
    NORTHFIELD, NJ 08225
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Monday, June 3rd, 2019 |
    Monday, June 3rd, 2019
    Lakeview Memorial Park
    1300 US 130
    Cinnaminson, NJ 08077
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George Stebbings

Posted at 05:16am
So sorry to hear about Charlie. My dad was Charlie’s Navy Pilot aboard the Hornet I recently found and shared with family a letter Charlie wrote to my dad on the anniversary of there water landing 10/13/1944. Dad and his crew landed aboard the Hornet for the 1st time on 10/9/1944. They flew their 1st mission on 10/12/1944. Charlie found my dad in the 90’s, they rekindled their friendship and dad would tell stories of Charlie flying him around the east coast. Dad loved Charlie.

Michael DiGiacomo

Posted at 05:41pm
Mr. Riley (Charlie) earned and deserved respect! I always remember him being a better listener than most (always made you feel like nothing matter but YOU) but could tell a great story. He was an incredible human being... kind, gentle... Husband, Father, Dad, Pop-Pop and friend. Charlie was our neighbor in Brooklawn since 1953. Mom, Dad, Franny and Charlie would remain friends for life. One of his treasures was his daughter (Lynn) terrible monopoly player (haha) and of course his wife Mrs. Riley (Franny). Not sure how to put it but they made you feel good even when it hurt He and Franny were very good role models too. I'm glad mom & dad...Charlie and Franny are together again.

William daughenbaugh

Posted at 07:44pm
Bill Daughenbaugh. I met charley about thirty years ago at woodbine airport we were friends ever since I taught him how to fly it was a great friendship he was a abosulute gentleman he will be missed by me and all his pilot buddys My condolences to Lynn and family

Susan McPherson

Posted at 04:34pm
I am so very sad that this wonderful man has left this earth. Charlie was so very special to me and we would have long conversations together about his childhood, Navy days, being a pilot and his days at Mobil. I would frequently visit him and his wife Fran at their home and Charlie and I would often have lunch together at Romanelli's in Linwood. That was our go to spot to chat and eat. Being the gentleman that he always was, he would never let me pay until I took him out for his birthday last year and then I insisted. I moved to SC 5 yrs ago but every time I was up in NJ I always made it a point to visit Charlie and Fran and after Fran passed then I would make it point to see Charlie. I will miss his friendship, gentle nature, our talks and get togethers. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's entire family who are so devastated by his loss. A special thank you to his daughter, Lynn, for all she has done for both her parents and for calling me regarding the passing of my wonderful friend. Charlie Riley, heaven has gained a true hero and angel, until we meet again. Love, Susan

Kathy Ruffenach Posted at 11:38pm

Lynn and family..deepest condolences on the passing of such a wonderful man..Charlie was a great friend to my own cherished Poppa and now they are up there together swapping airplane stories & talking a language only a fellow pilot can understand...both of our families have had devastating losses recently..holding you close to my heart, my friend..we will see them all again when it is our turn..💜💜💔💔

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