Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12Th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Nish Rivera

July 31, 1933October 25, 2019

Ignacio “Nish” Munoz Rivera, 86, of Roland passed from this life October 25, 2019 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born July 31, 1933 in Sarben, Nebraska to the late Eulogio Cienga and Victoria Munoz Rivera.

Nish was active with the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady Guadalupe in La Habre, California and the Holy Name Society for 20 years. Nish also coached football at St. Patrick High School in North Platte, Nebraska. He was active in the Moose Lodge and enjoyed fishing in his free time. Nish owned and operated his own floor covering business.

Nish is survived by his wife, Maria Piedad Rivera; his children, Anna Maria Rivera, Nish Rivera, Jr., James Rivera, Rose Jordan and her husband Robert, Teresa Galaviz and her husband David, Michael Rivera and his wife Valeria, Mark Rivera and his friend Jennifer May, and Daniel Rivera; a sister, Rosie Jurado; a brother, Jason Rivera; as well as nineteen grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Nish was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and seven brothers.

A memorial service will be at 12:00pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Roland under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, November 12, 2019


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David L Galaviz

November 7, 2019

Hello Family and friends, just a little something from my wonderful Memory back #3 years now of the 1st Rivera Family Reunion at Yorba Linda where I got to attend with my awesome Chick Teresa Rivera. I volunteered to bbq and they bought # 50 lbs of Asada and Pollo and I pitched in some tri tip just in case. Well once I finished I was pretty sure I passed my audition and felt good with the smiles and thankful attendees all around me. My step daughter (now) was still not on board with the new boy mother was hanging around with but this day kinda helped my case. Anyway I found a moment to sit and chat with momma Piedad and she talked and I patiently listened to her and boy I was amazed at her knowledge and sweet personality. Big Nish was in great health and had a great reunion as did all of us on this beautiful sunny warm day on the green grass under the big shady trees there. By the years end we had gotten married by the court and were planning the real Wedding soon. Things didn't quite pan out though. I took a spill getting out of the shower one Friday and the x rays showed bone loss in my left arm which later we discovered was a bad lymphoma had reappeared ( #10 years prior 1st lymphoma) . Teresa and I both teared up when the specialist told us cancer was back. City of Hope saved me (us) and Teresa stuck by me like no one else could ever do. No I am trying to repay her as you all are preparing to say a final farewell to this Great Man my Father in Law Mr Nish Rivera. I can't say how much my heart breaks seeing my Teresa cry every day knowing He's gone to be with our Lord and we're down here heartbroken and lost. I keep saying He's with God and no longer in pain Baby but It's to hard and unfair she thinks. I can only pray God puts His Loving Arms around all His Wonderful Family this weekend as we gather for this funeral for the Best Husband, Father, Grandfather any has ever known or had. Gob Bless and Keep Us All. I Love All of You.

Rose Jordan

November 7, 2019

Dad I miss you everyday forever in my heart. Until we meet again love you

Rachel Corral

November 7, 2019

We all love and miss you so Grandpa not a day goes by where you're not in my thoughts.. until we see each other again🖤🤴😘❤

Katrina Rivera

November 7, 2019

Your truly missed grandpa/ dad there's not a day that goes by thinking of you!!! I love you so much ❤️

Teresa Rivera

November 6, 2019

I love you Dad! I will miss you everyday of my life till we meet again! ❤️