Charles G. Rivera Sr.

May 13, 1931July 15, 2013

Charles G. Rivera, Sr., 82 of Kansas City, Missouri passed away peacefully on Monday, July 15, 2013 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He and his tremendous will and bravery will be honored at services beginning with the visitation on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Holy Name Church, Kansas City, Kansas where there will be a prayer service at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family requests contributions to either Holy Name Church or Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. Charlie was born on May 13, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri to David and Guadalupe (Nieto) Rivera. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. On July 4, 1952, Charlie married Dolores (Lola) De La Torre later resulting in seven children. He was a laborer all of his life, last working for the Colgate Company as a freight handler. A longtime parishioner of Holy Name Church, he was also a member of their Knights of Columbus Council. Besides his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Lola, in 1995. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Willie, Eddie, Eloy, and Roy; one sister, Lydia; and three grandchildren. Charlie’s survivors include three sons, Charlie Rivera, Jr. (Laura), Michael Rivera (Laura), and Robert Rivera (Cindy); four daughters, Liz Alaniz (Jesse), Terrie Rivera (Charlie Ortiz), Mary Rivera, and Julie Tinoco (Gabriel), all of the Kansas City area; three brothers, Wilford Rivera of Germany, David Ramirez, and Mayo Ramirez; three sisters, Beatrice (Bea) Morales, Velia Ochoa, and Lupe Rios, all of the Kansas City area; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way. The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Saint Luke’s Hospital physicians, nursing staff, and Hospice Care.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Prayer Service Thursday, July 18, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 19, 2013

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Larry Howlett

July 14, 2014

On 1-1-2014, Larry Howlett wrote: As you know, dad and mom are right next to you and hear your heart and thoughts, and see everything. We ourselves are still restricted from physically seeing them, given our earthly vision limitations. The reality is our spiritual dimensions are stronger. I know you are comforted that dad is no longer in physical duress. Time heals the pain of physical separation, although we really are not separated from our departed loved ones. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and the family in this transition. God Bless!

Bridget Mendoza

July 14, 2014

On 7-19-2013, Bridget Mendoza wrote: He is not far, but in the hearts of family and friends... always! Those memories will live on until we meet again.

Kari Alejandre

July 14, 2014

On 7-19-2013, Kari Alejandre wrote: What a way to honor a wonderful man. Adolfo and I are sorry that we couldn't attend the services, but please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Rose Calderon-Alvarado

July 14, 2014

On 7-19-2013, Rose Calderon-Alvarado wrote: What a wonderful send off. So very touching. My heart aches for you. I bet your dad was watching from Heaven.....

Rose Tinoco

July 14, 2014

On 7-18-2013, Rose Tinoco wrote: ... My prayers are with you and your family, Liz... be strong and know that he's with the love of his life... But I know it's hard and it hurts... Take care.

Camille Davila

July 14, 2014

On 7-15-2013, Camille Davila wrote: ... I send my deepest sincere condolences to my Rivera cousins! Mr. Rivera put up a good fight, but the Good Lord wanted him to be with Him and all the angels above. I give my upmost RESPECT and PRAISE to the entire Rivera family. NEVER have I seen a family have so much love and compassion for their father, father-in-law and grandpa. They have always taken such good care of him. They all did their part in doing everything they could for him... never did they complain, they always did with no questions asked. All the way to the end, they did everything in their power to make sure he was at peace and were there to express their love for him. That family is a prime example on how all families should be. It fills my heart with joy that I can call them my family. My heart hurts for them as I know their hearts are broken. I just pray that they find comfort in knowing that their dad/grandpa is now reunited with their mom/grandma and he is no longer in pain. May God grant him peace. *You were a true GEM to KC's Westside! You will be missed by many. Rest well, Mr. Rivera! ?

Rosemary Hernandez-Cabret

July 14, 2014

On 7-16-2013, Rosemary Hernandez Cabret wrote: Liz Alaniz, Terrie Rivera, Mary Rivera, Charlie Rivera Jr, Julie, Bobby, Michael and family, my deepest and most sincere condolences in the loss of your dad, my uncle Charlie. He is at peace, and no longer is suffering. I pray for strength in the upcoming days. Love you guys and I will continue to lift you up in prayer. Love, Rosie & family.

Chanel Rivera

July 14, 2014

On 7-16-2013, Chanel Rivera wrote: Another great man claimed unto the Lord: Uncle Charlie Rivera, the man who guided and advised my Daddy, amongst others. Yes, he's a pillar of the family and Westside community INDEED. My deepest condolences and respect to my cousins Julie, Mary, Terrie, Mike, Bobby, Charlie Jr, Lizzie, Kiki, Arcie and... your love and loyalty is admirable and strong. May God comfort you. ?? Rest easy Uncle Charlie!

Debbie Bustamante - Zapata

July 14, 2014

On 7-19-2013, Debbie Bustamante -Zapata wrote: Liz, I don't think I have any wise words that others haven't said to you. But I just want you to know that my heart goes out to you and your family. Take as long as you need to heal your sorrow. Time will heal that for you. Your memories will comfort you along the way and keep you company. My prayers are with you, always, my friend.

Monica Sue Pacheco

July 13, 2014

On 7-19-2013, Monica Sue Pacheco wrote: What an honor... just know that he's in a place of peace and eternal living... no more hurting but made whole again. It's not goodbye, it's until we meet again! God be with the family and peace be with you all.