Austin Rydell Riley was born October 24, 2004 at 2:31 am to Sarah and Darin Riley. He left this world on November 5, 2020 at 11:10 pm due to a car accident. He was only 16 years old.
Austin was a person who always could make you smile. He was always willing to help when asked and always used his manners. He possessed a smile that could make a room light up. When he was little his mom and dad called him their little Cookie Monster. He loved being around his friends and going with his brothers, Hunter and Jordan. His motto was “You only live life once.” Attending the Axtell school, he loved participating in football and wrestling and was even going to try golf in the spring with his classmates. An avid sports fan, he loved watching both college and pro football, NASCAR, playing on his Play Station, watching Family Guy and American Dad and playing with his cat and companion, Simba. He also treasured his time hunting with his family, fishing at Harlan County Lake, boating, tubing, jet skiing, riding a tube on the back of his boat and going coon hunting. His interest also extended to the house as he enjoyed being in the kitchen learning to cook with his mom.
In November 2018, Austin got a “super moon” massive buck. He was so proud. We could go on and on about Austin’s life, but space does not permit.
Surviving are his parents, Sarah and Darin Riley; brothers, Hunter and Jordan; grandparents, Keith and Jean Shaw, and Kevin Riley; aunts and uncles, Rodney Shaw, Anna Shaw, Tina and Jerry Folck, Damien and Kathleen Riley, Megan and Andrew Lemke; cousins, Morgan Wenninghoff, Lane Wenninghoff, Evan and Kael Folck, Connor Riley, Kyler Riley, Kason Riley, Lauren, Alexa and Nolan Lemke, and his countless family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his grandmothers, Brenda Shaw and Janis Riley; great grandparents, Kay and Wayne Cover, Dan and Veda Mae Shaw and Fred and Phyllis Flesner.
Funeral services were Friday, 2:00 pm, November 13, 2020 outside at the Keene Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Matt Snell officiating. Interment was in St. Peter’s Trinity Lutheran Cemetery at Hildreth.
A memorial fund has been established by the family for later designation.
Williams Funeral Home of Red Cloud, Nebraska was in charge of arrangements.