Francis “HB” Paul Riley
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February 11, 1951 – June 5, 2021
HB (HillBilly), Dad, Papa or just Riley passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 5, 2021. Born on
February 11, 1951 in Big Otter, West Virginia to Harry Floyd Riley and Laura Wanita Boggs Riley
Mollohan. Dad graduated from Clay County High School in 1969 and later attended West Virginia
University (GO ‘NEERS). In March of 1971, Dad married the love of his life (well his first one) Linda Lou
King. The mountains of Utah called his name in 1978 and until the hills of West Virginia called him back
in 2017, Utah was his home.
Dad worked as the World’s Best Mechanic (he had the mug to prove it). He did more free work than
paid over the years, as he believed that being a caring and giving person was more important than a
dollar. Dad never met a stranger and was a generous and kind soul that many times stopped on a
highway to help a motorist fix their car so they could safely get on their way.
Dad loved the outdoors and everything that involved being outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, hike, and
honestly just sit in the fresh air. Hunting with his son-in-law was his most recent story to tell (and BOY
could he tell stories). As kids we spent most weekends at the sand dunes riding motorcycles or in the
hills looking for Big Foot.
In 1989 Dad became Papa. His world changed and his ability to love got bigger and bigger. He was
blessed again in 1991, 1998, and then finally in 2008. He made sure that we all knew he loved us more
than air itself. He made sure that we never wanted for anything and never felt unloved.
He was survived by his mother Wanita (Don) Mollohan, wife Linda Riley, brother Harry “Jr” (Deb) Riley,
daughter Heather Riley, daughter Keera (Travis) Graham, granddaughter Rianna (Brandon) Anderson,
grandson Joshua Riley, grandson Jake Belcolori and granddaughter Morgan Graham. Preceded in death
by his father Harry Riley.
Per Dad’s wishes he was cremated, and no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers we request as
family that you be kind, help a stranger and make sure you spend time with the people that bring you
Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV, is assisting the Riley family with final arrangements for Mr. Riley. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com