ROCK FALLS – Jose Luis Rivera, 64, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Memorial Hermann Hospice in Houston. He was an assistant foreman for Union Pacific Railroad for 47 years, until his retirement in 2012.
Jose was born Dec. 30, 1952, in San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico, the son of Roberto and Maria Elena (Moctezuma) Rivera. He married Delia Pena on March 6, 1976, in Sterling.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters; Edith Canales of Rock Falls, Edna (Gilberto Fuentes) Rivera of Chicago, Elissa (Ryan) Kunnemann of Warrenville, and Edelia Rivera of Downers Grove; two sisters, Sylvia Hortensia-Rivera of San Antonio, and Maria Lettie (Reuben) Gutierrez of Rock Falls; one brother, Roberto Rivera of San Luis Potosi; and six grandchildren, Olivia Danreiter, Cody and Easton Canales, and Dennis, Caleb, and Kane Kunnemann.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jose Luis Rivera Jr.; and two brothers, Manuel and Juan Rivera.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation in Sterling. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Paul Sheley, pastor of Oneighty Church in Sterling, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
A memorial has been established.
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