Dr. Kenneth Randolph Riley, 91, passed away in the early morning hours Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Ken was born Dec. 28, 1929 in Saint Michael, Barbados to the late Thelma Forde and Livingstone Riley.
Ken leaves behind his beloved wife, Linet (Hinds); their daughter, Renée (Michael) Fleming; and his grandchildren whom he adored: Khalíl, Dominique and Akira; siblings, Esther Gill, Claudine Murrel, Lorretta Mason, and Lorenzo Riley; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sibling, Gershon Forde.
Ken also believed in the value of education and would earn degrees in theology from Caribbean Union College and Andrews University. He would later earn his doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University while working as an Assistant Dean for Lake Michigan College.
Ken had a keen interest in investments and devoted several hours a day to honing the skill or reading. He was also a people person and never met a stranger. Ken enjoyed teaching his Sabbath School class at Pioneer Memorial Church. He relished engaging countless international students, over the last 40-plus years, in philosophical debates after Sabbath lunch. However, he cherished the time spent cheering on his grandchildren most of all. His warm smile and gregarious personality will be dearly missed.
Services for Dr. Kenneth R. Riley will be held Friday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrew University, 8655 University Blvd, Berrien Springs. Friends may call on the family one hour prior to services at the church. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery will follow the service. Messages www.allredfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be sent in lieu of flowers to: Michigan State University Foundation, 325 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823; Andrews University, Caribbean Student Scholarship Fund, 4150 Administration Dr., Berrien Springs, MI 49103; or University of the Southern Caribbean, Maracas Royal Road, St. Joseph, Trinidad.