James W. Riley, 76, of Brookston, passed away on Tuesday, May 3rd at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center of Delphi, where he had been a resident since suffering a stroke in December of 2015. Riley was a well-known commodity broker and broadcast market analyst for Hoosier Ag Today. His raspy voice and down to earth delivery made him a recognized and trusted voice on commodity markets. “It was truly an honor and a pleasure to work with Jim,” said Gary Truitt, President of Hoosier Ag Today. “His sense of humor was infectious, and his knowledge of the markets incredible. He had insights and understanding on price trends that few others in the industry had. He always approached the markets from the viewpoint of the farmer, and I think that is one of the reasons he was so successful and popular.”
“Jim was a fun guy to work with each afternoon,” said Andy Eubank. “We always had a laugh about something before he started with the day’s analysis, and he brought a vast background to that daily commentary. Farmers consistently told me they appreciated how he called it the way he saw it, especially when USDA released a crop report. Jim will be missed, but I think he has a great seat to watch this Trump thing unfold, something he was keenly interested in.”
Jim was a graduate of Delphi High School and Purdue University. He formerly farmed, was a farm machinery dealer, and most recently was a Commodities Broker until the time of his stroke.
He was married to Betty Riley in 1984.
He is survived by 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
Memorial Visitation will be held from 4-6 pm, Friday, May 6, 2016 at Hippensteel Tribute Center (405 Cottage St. Delphi, IN 46923 — www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com). No service to follow.