St. Marys—Raymond Aloysius Riat, 86, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at a Topeka hospital.
He was born March 3, 1931 at Belvue, the son of Aloysius George and Gertrude Josephine Hesse Riat. He grew up in the Belvue community and graduated from St. Marys High School.
Raymond worked for Eddy’s in Wamego as a mechanic and for the City of St. Marys before becoming a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for nearly 30 years. He and his wife Audrey owned and operated Riat’s Liquor Store in St. Marys. Raymond was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and was a very active and dedicated member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 657. He also was a member of the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Kenneth and James Riat, and a sister Betty A. Riat.
On September 20, 1958 he was united in marriage to Audrey Marie Langvardt at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his son, Doug (Lori) Riat, Lawrence; his daughter, Jacque (Chris) Liles, Holt, MI; two sisters, Helen Davidson, Visalia, CA, and Mary Lou Anderson, Wamego; five grandchildren, Diane (Bryan), Dustin (Jennifer), Katelyn, Jeremy and Jordan (Denise); three great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Julia and Charlie.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 3, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. Mr. Riat will lie in state at the church after 4:00 P.M. Thursday where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until the rosary at 7:00 P.M. In ln lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Food Pantry and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.