Mark Wayne Riley, 61 of Valparaiso, passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. He was born on May 20, 1962 in St. Joseph, MO, to Robert and Helen (Shanks) Riley. He made his career as a U.S. Postal Carrier with United States Postal Service in Valparaiso for 38 years and retired in May of this year. A Godly man with faith at his core, he was avid about sharing God’s word with everyone he could. Mark was a member at the Union Community Church in Valparaiso. He was a fan of many sports including tennis and basketball, being on the water, fishing, and canoeing at Tippecanoe. He will be remembered for his kind spirit and love for his family.
On March 27, 1986 in Houston, TX, Mark married Laura Brown, who survives, along with children: Rachel (Alex) Cain and Patrick Riley; siblings: Joe (Shelly) Riley, Donna (Tommy) Nucci, and Kevin Riley; and granddog, Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helen; and brother, Bob Riley.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Union Community Church, 602 Monroe Street in Valparaiso on Sunday, September 3rd from 2:00 – 5:00 pm with a time for short comments from anyone who would like to.
Mark was not only the best mailman I ever had , but a true friend as well. In the 10 years I knew him , he was always interested in what everybody had to say. I went through a variety of health issues over the years and Mark would always ask me how I was doing. If we couldn't make it to a church meal, Mark would make sure to bring take outs. I used watch Mark wheeling Patrick around the neighborhood. He will be truly missed. -Mike Aurelia