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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Activist Justo Rivera Jr. passes

Justo Rivera walked on the last week of April. Justo had of recent been in the news protesting the border wall and even through he was going through treatment, he was out protesting the wall every day. His grandmother (my great-grandmother) migrated from Zacatecas in the 1920s. He served in Vietnam and suffered from complication of Agent Orange. RIP primo!

Justo Rivera Jr.

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JUSTO RIVERA JR. 64 passed away April 24, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a lifelong resident of El Paso, and a graduate of Bowie High School, Class of '65. He joined the Army in 1965 and was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He retired from TX DOT. He was heavily involved in the community that earned him the "Striving For Justice Award" in 2009. He was preceded in death by his parents Justo Sr. and Regina; his sisters, Queta Salas, and Micaela Viera. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Yolanda, and three sons, Anthony, Victor (Claudia) and Adrian Rivera; two grandchildren, Amanda and Santiago. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home-Carolina. Vigil Service will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roberto Salas, Jr., Jim Portillo, Gabriel Rocha, Art Muela, Victor Rivera, Adrian Rivera, Raul Nunez, Jr., and Rick Salas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Anthony Rivera and Andy Rocha. Services under the direction of HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME www.hillcrestfuneralhome.org 1060 Carolina Drive 598-3332

Published in El Paso Times from April 27 to April 29, 2010

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