Harold Gene Briley

Harold Gene Briley of Kansas City, KS went home to the Lord on June 21, 2014 after a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  He was born on February 9, 1947 in Harlan, IA to Gene and Jane Briley.
 He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Lyndene (Lynn) Briley; mother Verna Jane Briley (95); son Jeff and (Kelly) Briley, Yutan, NE; daughters Brenda Briley, Lincoln, NE, Wendy Briley, Shawnee, KS; grandchildren: Niko, Wyatt, Josie, Jessie, Noah, Lauren, Emma, Ryan and “Little Bob and Eddie of the Green Pocket”; sisters Margaret Crawford, Jill Briley & (Ray Smith), Judy & (D.J.) Cox, Bonnie Briley & (Ron Kruger), Merry Jo and (Steve) Jensen; sister-in-law Shirley Geis; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is preceded in death by his father Francis Eugene Briley; parents-in-law Wilbur and Vera DeBuhr and brother-in-law Walt Geis.
 Harold will be remembered for serving in the United States Army; Alumni for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Teacher at Southeast Community College and Retiree of the Nebraska Department of Education.
Services will be held on July 26 at 11:00 AM at Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Dr., Lincoln, NE.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family for future designation at 13119 Washington Ct. Kansas City, KS 66109.



  1. Dave Murach on June 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I worked for Harold at the Nebraska Department of Education and remember him as a kind, thoughtful, caring man and supervisor. He always put the concerns of others first and would go out of his way to help others with any problem they encountered. He always spoke highly of his wife, children and grandchilden and loved them all dearly. He was very proud of being a “Husker” alum. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his spouse and family at this time.

  2. Mom & Margaret on June 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Saying goodbye to you is one of the most difficult things we have ever had to do. Part of our heart is filled with wonderful and fond memories of you, the other part died with you. Remembering you will be easy; missing you is something we will not recover from. The love for you will go on forever.

  3. Carole A. Tranker on June 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I Didn’t know Harold G. Briley but, if he is anything like the part of the family that I know, Mom and Margaret, he could only be as giving, loving, brilliant kind and generous. My heart goes out to all of Harold’s family as I keep them in my thoughts, my prayers and my heart. May God bestow strength on you in this profound loss. All my love!

  4. Wayne & Dora Briley on June 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    We are saddened by your loss and wish you comfort and peace in your memories of your loved one. Wayne Lyle & Dora Briley

  5. Karen Crawford on June 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    My heart goes out to All of the family. I know the loss is so painful for all of those left behind. You will never get over that, but time will allow you to deal with it better. This is one Amazing family, and their Love and support for each other will sustain them in this time of need. I know your loss, and I offer you my Heartfelt sympathies. May God hold you, and help you find Peace.

  6. JoAnn Wieskamp on June 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Wish I could be there to give you all hugs . you are in my thoughts and prayers. See you soon cousin

  7. allan stanley on July 4, 2014 at 5:02 am

    i will always remember harold as a great person and friend. we had great times when we where growing up. i will miss him.

  8. Alfred Klar on July 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Harold and I served together in the Army for over a year. We were in the same platoon and quickly became friends. I admired his strong Christian faith. Even when he was stressed and tired, I never saw him waiver from his faith. Harold walked in the Lord’s ways, influenced many people, and now is present with his Lord.

  9. Celia Reid on July 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Dear Brenda and family,
    I am sad for your loss but glad to hear he is at peace. I know how losing a father’s feels as you know… I hope you find the same peace I have knowing he is still with you all of the time in spirit. And hopefully you will hear or see his spirit in action as our family has when the time is right. Memories, conversations and pictures keep his light alive. XOXO, Celia

  10. Carol Grell on July 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I was so very saddened to hear of Harold’s passing! I am so sorry that I will be unable to attend his service. The last time communicated with him was in May when I was going to be in KC. He responded that he was not there but was returning soon for more chemo.

    I had so hoped I would be able to visit with him once more. I worked with Harold at the NE Dept of Ed. He was so generous and helpful while I was preparing to fill his position so he could retire. I am so glad he did retire and move to KC so he could really get to know his grandchildren and help his daughter with child care. Every time I talked to him after he said it was the best chapter of his life. I am just so sad that it was cut so short!

    Harold was always so much fun that he made each day at work a joy and I looked forward to it. We had many good talks and lots of laughs. I and the whole office missed his presence when he moved to KC!

    Harold’s life passing through mine will always bring a smile to my face remind me that we need to meet each day with joy and have a positive influence on those with whom we in contact.

    It was definitely my pleasure to have known Harold. Rest in peace my friend!!

  11. Shirley Gets on July 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    To my beloved sister
    nephew, & nieces great nephews & nieces.
    I remember the day that my then 13 yr. old sister said of Harold “THAT’S THE GUY I’M GONNA MARY.” She didn’t even know his name yet BUT her heart knew and 5 yrs. later they were married. Just celebrating 46 yrs on May 24 he made it through a long tough fight to be there to celebrate their last anniversary with her. I’m so thankful for the time we have had Harold in all our lives though it was much to short for all of us who love him. It was a pleasure to watch his Faith In Christ grow as the years went by. We will all miss you so much brother in law! I will do my best to keep the promise I made to you the last time I saw you …
    Here is one of the things that I have clung to since loosing my husband 3 years ago.
    My love and PRAYERS to all.

  12. Peggy Kirby on July 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I enjoyed speaking to him as I take a monthly trip to Kansas City then and still do. We spoke of the travels. I also knew a great couple from his church here in Lincoln-Marje and Ivan and we would speak of them also. He always had a smile and was such a wonderful person to work with at the Nebraska Department of Education. I know he had a strong faith in the Lord. One of my favorite sayings that I read has stuck with me…”The stars are porch lights bringing your beloved home.” Bless you!!

  13. Marlene Blaine McDonald on July 14, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Harold Gene Bailey, to those who knew him, and loved him, his name along, says it all. We met when I was a freshman in high school in Harlan, Iowa. even as a young man, his standards were high, and his friendship was loyal.Reconnecting again through
    Facebook 50 years later, the boy was gone, but the man never changed. Through the years, I have never known a better friend. Through his wisdom, I am a better person today.
    see you in Heaven, my friend.

  14. Marlene Blaine McDonald on July 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    in my message above, his name is Harold Gene Briley, everything else is the same.

  15. Danielle Bestey, RN on July 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go to the Briley Family. May The Lord continue to bless you and keep you during this time and always.

    In Christ,
    Danielle, Demetrius and Benjamin

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