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Brent L. Riley

Born: Sun., May 6, 1951
Died: Mon., Dec. 1, 2014

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Brent L. Riley, 63, of Mishawaka passed away Monday December 1st in his residence.

He was born on May 6, 1951 in Franklin, IN to the late Vernon and Thelma (Macy) Riley.

He has been a Michiana area resident since 1986 coming from Bolingbrook, IL.

He attended Franklin College then went on to graduate from Duke University School of Medicine.  He worked at Miles/Bayer in Elkhart, IN for 20 years as a Business-Director of Marketing where he helped develop three patents. After his retirement from Miles/Bayer he went on to work for Healthcare Connections as a Pathologist Assistant. 

Brent is survived by one daughter, Melanie (Esmir) Krivdic of South Bend; one son, Sean (Catherine) Riley of South Bend; one sister, Nika (James) Ely of Boulder, CO; and three grandchildren, Emily, Alissa and Ella, all whom he loved and cherished.

He was a member of the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA), the National Society for Histology (NSH), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and was the former Editor for the magazine Histo-Logic.  He enjoyed watching sports especially Duke Blue Devils Basketball and the Chicago Bears.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Brent’s wishes were to be cremated and his family has honored his wishes.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

The family requests that all memorial contributions be made to the Hope Ministries, 432 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601.

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Barry Knisley
   Posted Fri December 05, 2014
Very sorry to get this unfortunate news via the folks at Franklin College. Although I left there in 1979 after 10 years I maintain a connection with the college and some of my former biology students. Brent was one of my favorite students who I talked to via phone about a year ago. He seemed to be doing well and was great to catch up with him and his career success. Hoped we could get together in person. Brent was on my first field trip, a desert biology course to Big Bend National Park. That was the first of many trips I took with students at Franklin and Randolph-Macon. One of the more memorable things about that trip (at my age and memory not to many memorable events) was an overnight backpack trip where the group of about 7 were struggling up the mountain with full packs to get to our camping area. After there in unloading our packs Brent has a pistol and a fifth of liquor in has pack. I have related that to 4 or 5 of the students from that group and we have a good laugh. That was Brent, not the most serious student in those days but good to have as a student like many went on to a successful career. Assume I also gave him a good recommendation for his pathology program. I also think I played and beat him in the intramural tennis tournament. Sending my regrets to his family and please send along to me any information. C. Barry Knisley

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