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Sad News – Rich Riley: UPDATED

Richard “Richie” Albert Riley 57, of Norwalk (formerly of Elyria) passed away Thursday November 18, 2021 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born August 28, 1964 in Elyria. Richie was passionate about his work as an auto racing mechanic for ThorSport Racing. Survivors include his wife of seven years; Jennifer M. (nee: Rogers), three children; Alayna M. Warren of Norwalk, Logan D. Warren and Ryan A. Kropf (Amy) all of Norwalk. Additional survivors include three grandchildren; Landon, Korynne and Bobby, his mother; Barbara Ann Riley (nee: Newcomer), a sister; Sally J. Ray (Timothy) of LaGrange, their daughters; Brianna and Ciara, a brother; Edgar L. Riley (Julie) of Elyria, their daughters; Maggie and Sarah as well as several additional nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 4-7 PM Monday November 22, 2021 and 1-3, 4-7PM Tuesday November 23, 2021 at The Laubenthal Mercado Funeral Home 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440)322-4626 where funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday November 24, 2021. Online condolences to the family may be expressed at

Laubenthal Mercado

Original post: Long-time ThorSport Racing employee Rich Riley has passed away.

Riley was a fixture in the Truck Series garage and worked for ThorSport for 18 years.