Aug. 11, 1930 – April 30, 2016
Mass of Christian Burial for Col. William “Bill” F. Reilly, will be at 11 a.m., May 5 (today), at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia, Mo. Bill, 85, passed away April 30, at Tiger Place in Columbia.
Bill was born Aug. 11, 1930, in Greybull, the son of Earl and Barbara Reilly. He graduated from Greybull High School in 1948. On July 3, 1948, he was accepted to West Point and reported to Beast Barracks 12 days later. He graduated from West Point in 1952, the eighth in his class, and was commissioned to the Corps of Engineers. Bill was Airborne (Senior Parachutist) and Ranger qualified.
After schooling and troop duty at Camp Carson, Colo., Bill joined the 45th Infantry Division as a combat engineer and was deployed to Korea. The division was rotated home several months after the cease-fire in 1953, and Bill eventually finished his tour with the 25th Infantry Division.
He joined the airborne while in the 25th and upon his return to CONUS, he joined the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. He earned his Ranger patch in 1944 and was assigned to MIT.
Bill graduated from MIT in 1958 with an MS degree in nuclear engineering and an MS-Management-Science-Operations Research from George Washington University in 1972.
Bill was the project officer on two army nuclear power plants at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and on the Greenland Icecap.
Bill retired from active service in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, 1976.
From 1976-1987, Bill served as Site Representative for Standardized Nuclear Unit Power Plant Systems at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant, and from 1987-1995 was the assistant director for Missouri University Research Reactor. He retired from there in 1995.
Bill married Nicole Hakim on May 12, 1977, in Columbia.
Bill enjoyed hiking, biking, tennis and handball, both during and after his army service. He found great pleasure in landscape architecture projects on his property and he and Nicole enjoyed traveling and attending Ragtime and Dixieland music festivals and cruises.
No matter how far Bill traveled or where he lived, his roots remained in Greybull. He dearly loved his hometown, Shell, and the Big Horn Mountains, and he passed that love on to his five daughters. The military is a nomadic life and Bill and his family always considered Greybull their home.
Bill was preceded in death by a stepson, Kevin Braman, stepdaughter, Tonia Libbus, and his parents, Earl and Barbara Reilly.
Bill is survived by his wife, Nicole Reilly; five daughters and their spouses, Casey and Laura Reilly Stemper, Patti Reilly, Jennifer Reilly, John and Mary Reilly Grisolano and Michael and Pam Reilly Uriarte; their mother, Margaret Downey; step-children Kenneth and Matthew Braman, Michele Riddick and Lisa Bartlett; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to: American Nuclear Society, Lockbox 97781, American Nuclear Society %Accounting Department, 97781 Eagle Way, Chicago, IL 60678-9770