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Raymond A. Riat

October 27, 2017

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.



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11 thoughts on “Raymond A. Riat

  1. Audrey and family, we will remember you and your family in love and prayer; we are sorry for the loss of Ray. With sincere sympathy, Eloise Berroth and family.

  2. Mrs. Riat, Doug, & Jacque, We were very sorry to read that Mr. Riat passed away. I have many fond memories of the early 80’s when my sons were very young. They would see Mr. Riat about to deliver the mail and let us know with excitement, that, “Mr. Riat is here! Mr. Riat is here with the mail!!” I always enjoyed visiting with you both Mr. & Mrs. Riat, and of course, very much enjoyed teaching you your senior year Jacque. Of the many, many aspects I enjoyed with respect to the St. Marys Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was the opportunity to visit with you both Mr. & Mrs. Riat. Clearly, Mr. Riat was a role model at the Immaculate Conception Church and for the entire community. He will be missed by family, friends, the parish, and the community. May family and friends provide comfort for the family. May God spread over Mr. Riat and the family a shelter of peace and may his memory be for a blessing.

  3. Dear Riat Family,
    Just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts; we hope you can soon find comfort in your memories.

    Richard and Kris Liles

  4. Raymond was always a great friend! I remember his quiet voice and twinkle in his eye. My deepest sympathy to Audrey, Doug and Jacque & family. May all your memories Comfort you.

  5. Audrey & Family. Raymond was One of a Kind.always had time to speak to everyone.He will be missed. Praying for You All.

  6. Audrey and Family, So sorry to know of Raymonds passing. He was such a wonderful man and we had many good times knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Raymond was one of the great leaders in the St. Marys community and will be sorely missed. Special condolences to Audrey, Doug, and Jacque.

  8. Audrey and family, please accept my condolences for the death of your husband and father. He was a great man, always ready to help anyone he could. I will keep him and the family in my prayers. May he Rest in Peace.

    Robert Hoferer. JR.

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