Ignacio "Nacho" Rivera, 89, of Johnstown, died Sunday, January 20, 2013 at his home. Nacho was born on July 31, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to Juan and Martina (Perez) Rivera.
On November 22, 1941, Nacho married Maria "Kika" Nevel in San Ignacio, Chihuahua, Mexico. They lived in Mexico until they moved to Texas. In 1955, Nacho moved his family to Colorado, settling in Johnstown. He worked for several farms in the Johnstown area. After he stopped farming, he worked for Great Western Sugar Factory for seven years, then for Johnstown Feed and Seed for ten years.
Nacho was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnstown for many years.
He was a very hard worker all of his life. Above everything was his love of his family. He was a very generous man and was ready to help those in need.
Nacho is survived by his wife, Maria "Kika" Rivera of Johnstown; six daughters, Lupe Lozano (Manuel) of Johnstown, Soki Vasquez (Ernesto) of Commerce City, Gloria Cantu (Frank) of Johnstown, Olivia Bais (Robert) of San Antonio, Texas, Irma Crespin of Johnstown and Sally Grado (Eligio) of Milliken; four sons, Jesse Rivera (Cecilia) and Tony Rivera (Eramida) all of Johnstown, John Rivera (Yolanda) of El Paso, Texas and Adam Rivera of Johnstown; a daughter-in-law, Mercy Rivera of Johnstown; a sister, Dora Ortegon of El Paso; 35 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Leo Rivera; a grandson, Chito Rivera; a son-in-law, Samuel Crespin; a sister, Theresa Holguin and a brother, Luis Rivera.
Visitation 3 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 23 at Stoddard Funeral Home. Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 24, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment Johnstown Cemetery.
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