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Daniel Riley 08/09/2018

Daniel Riley 08/09/2018

Dan Riley of St. Louis Park, MN passed away unexpectedly on August 9th, 2018 at the age of 45. Dan was born on May 24th, 1973 to proud parents, John Hageman and Kathleen Riley in Fridley, MN. Growing up in Southeast Minnesota, Dan was quite the athlete, constantly surrounded by friends and his passion for the game of basketball. Dan attended Red Wing High School went on St Cloud State University and played collegiate basketball for Viterbo University in Wisconsin, were he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Dan was a remarkable professional. He loved working in the healthcare industry, specifically in the medical sales field leading to him winning several awards as “salesperson of the year” and “district sales leader”.
Dan was an enlightened spiritual person whose belief translated into his day to day life as he would give his friends, family and those around him advice from the heart as well as always making sure he was there to lend an ear to those in need.
As an avid animal lover, Dan definitely had a special place in his heart for his prized “pup”, Pepper, who he treated as if it was his own child. Dan enjoyed life by spending time with and being there for his friends, hosting poker games at his home, boating around Lake Minnetonka, biking for miles around the metro area, planting tomatoes in his yard, singing karaoke, being the best music/movie enthusiast however regardless of what he was doing, Dan was always there for anyone. The most important things in Dan’s life was always being a father to his son, Little Daniel, and being there for his family.
Dan was a truly special human being who had a way to bring everyone together. You felt fortunate to be part of his life as he felt the same welcoming you into his. Dan will be remembered for someone who was full of love, fun, caring, goofy and loyal. His infectious laugh, smile, and genuine personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his father, John Hageman, mother, Kathleen McCabe (Riley) and cousin, Jason Setter. Dan is survived by his sister, Jessica Riley; brother, John Hageman Jr.; his son, Daniel Riley; his nieces, Camryn Richards, Laila Hageman; and nephew, Logan Richards. Not to forget, the Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Many, Many Long-Term Friends who love him dearly.
A Celebration of Dan’s Life was held on Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 12 pm – 3 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home (502 3rd Street Hudson, WI 54016). Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.


  • Jennie Posted August 13, 2018 4:01 am

    I will be in Washington so unfortunately will not be able to attend. I am heartsick about Dan’s leaving us. His son will miss getting to know a kind and brilliant father. I hope he has found the peace that eluded him these past couple of years
    my heart goes out to Raul and Brian because I saw you with him most often during our brief acquaintance and his sister who he talked about with great affection

  • Richelle Zimmerman Posted August 16, 2018 12:31 am

    This makes me so sad. Dan was a wonderful human being!

  • Pam Herman Posted August 16, 2018 4:18 pm

    Dan became my friend through my son, and he was always so kind and funny and delightful to be with. I will always remember him with love and will miss him very much. God bless you, Dan.

  • Jessica Riley Posted August 17, 2018 3:24 am

    Danny, you have been my hero. You have been the most amazing Uncle, and a wonderful brother, even when we would have our sibling squabbles. I’m going to miss you with all of my heart. And I love you so much. I am devastated that you have been called to God. I dont know what I will do without you, but the comfort I do have is that you are with our parents, you are with Gran and Grandad, Grandma and Grampa and with Aunt Bunny and cousin Jason. Please give them a hug for me.
    As Mom would say Dan, we will meet again. I love you.

  • John Hageman Posted August 17, 2018 4:34 am

    Danny I’m heartbroken I can’t believe this I remember when I was younger I always looked up to you not only younger but always. I remember asking you to do a backflip or something cool when I was a kid you always would and I would usually be taking pictures. Love you Danny.

  • Patricia S Brokaw Posted August 17, 2018 3:10 pm

    Dan, you will be forever missed ; as our Families grew together & Your Mom my Best friend for 40 plus yrs. Your Kind spirit of being friends with My 2 – Sons, growing together ; your Awesome Smile & fun times ; camp-outs & visits when growing-up, were always kind , as you took the time for others…Taken way to young, Your now free of pain, you’ve so long endured ; Please tell Mom “HI” for me… Til we all meet again – R.I.P. As your being will be greatly missed …

  • James Vacek Posted August 17, 2018 6:54 pm

    I remember the first day you came to work out with our basketball team. I remember the first class we had together in college. I remember all of the laughter, the inside jokes, the trips we took and the great memories we shared. But most of all I remember how much you cared for me and my family. I will miss you everyday my friend and will cherish the friendship we have.

  • Julie Estes Posted August 17, 2018 7:07 pm

    Dan, I’m so sad to imagine not being able to sit down and have another heart to heart talk where i can see your sweet face (even when you had the whole Grizzley Adams thing nailed down ;). I promise you’ll still hear from me. Thanks for being a kind soul i could always count on to make me smile. I love you, my friend, and miss you terribly. Maybe you can check in on my little dude, Ian, and give him one of your bear hugs for me. :*)

  • Pat Riley (Uncle) Posted August 27, 2018 8:19 pm

    Dan, I just can’t believe it. Why such a golden person as yourself should be taken so early in life. I have seen injustice in my life, but never one so unfair. You always meant well and everybody that knew you couldn’t help but like you. We will all be together someday and will miss you dearly in the meanwhile. Until then Dan, Rest in Peace.

  • Jessie Riley Posted September 20, 2018 4:31 am

    I really miss you Danny. I sure don’t know what to donwithout you and Mom. I sure wish you were here.

  • Jessica Riley Posted December 8, 2018 3:33 am

    Think about you everyday Danny. Life isnt the same without you. Sure miss you. I love you and wish you were here.

  • Jessie Riley Posted February 13, 2019 3:26 am

    I miss you so badly Danny… everyday.. wish we could talk, laugh, argue, play “catch phrase” listen to music…just hang out and talk about when we were kids. I love you Danny- we will see each other again ♡ give Mom a hug for me-

    • Patrick J. Riley Posted February 20, 2019 8:40 am

      I think about you both… often. Such tragic loss. I wish I could help you feel some peace in your heart Jess. I love you :'(

  • Jessie Riley Posted May 7, 2019 4:58 am

    Wonder what you are doing on these beautiful sunny days Danny, I miss you so much, your birthday is coming up… wish we could plant tomatoes like we have done every other year.
    I love you and I miss you. Life isn’t the same without you.

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