Professor emeritus and former KSU ASI department head, Dr. Jack Riley of Manhattan, passed away December 26.

He was born to Russell and Marie Riley of Hamilton, Mo. on July 2, 1940.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Jan, two sons, Bryan of Washington D.C., Steve and wife Kelley of Bucyrus, Ks. Two grandsons, Cole and Cooper. Also Jim Riley, brother, of Colorado Springs, Co., niece Candy Brooks (Andy) of Colorado Springs, Co., and nephew Tom Riley (Beth) of Kansas City, Mo.

He obtained his B.S. (1962) and M.S. (1963) degrees in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. From 1963 to 1965 he served as Extension Livestock Specialist and from 1965-1966 was an instructor, both in the University of Missouri, Animal Science Department. He returned to college and received a Ph.D. In Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Missouri in 1968. He accepted a full-time teaching position in Animal Science at Western Illinois University where he stayed until 1971 at which time he moved to the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Dr. Riley was active in beef cattle research, especially in the areas of protein requirements, crop residue utilization, and feed additives. He loved teaching and advising students, and taught more than 7,000 students over 35 years in the classroom. He was faculty coordinator of the beef research unit for 16 years. In 1987 he became head of K-State’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry for 17 years.

He enjoyed many hobbies such as going to K-State sports events, fishing, morel mushroom hunting, reading, and going to auctions.

Jack was a 40 year member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a Fellow in The American Society of Animal Science and served as officer and or director of many professional and university organizations including Manhattan Rotary Club.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held 1:30 Saturday January 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan with Reverend Troy Bowers officiating, followed by a reception afterwards.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Jack Riley have been designated for the Good Shepherd Hospice, the First United Methodist Church, or the Dr. Jack Riley Animal Sciences and Industry Memorial Fund. Contributions may be forwarded to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Former K-State ASI Head Riley Passes Away