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July/22/1925 - 6/15/2012
Tony passed away at age 86 at his home in Newcastle after a long illness.
He was born in Texas and raised in the Globe-Miami area of Arizona. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. With a love for flying and a mechanical background he was trained to be a flight mechanic, co-piolt, and gunner on the B-24 Liberator. While on leave he met his first wife, Louise.
Shortly after the war he moved to southern California and attended Northrop Inst., to become a mechanical engineer for the aerospace industry. After graduating he went to work for Douglas Aircraft Company where he met his wife of 34 years, June.
They then moved to the Sacramento area and he went to work for Aerojet. Liking the area, they found property in Ophir in 1965. After leaving Aerojet in the 80's he went to work for, and later retired from, the US Post Office.
He was a member of the American Legion, the NRA, and the Grange. He loved camping, Sunday drives, big band music and most of all, working on his ranch.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mela Rivera; wife, Wanda June; and brother, George. Surviving siblings are sister, Lilly Montenegro of Torrance and brother Arthur of Del. Surviving children are Toni Marlene Barberree (Dave) of Newcastle, Marian Rivera Hedrick (Stephen) of N.C., step-children, Larry Reed (Debra) of McKinleyville and Sharon Pons (Dave) of Auburn. Grandchildren are Kristina Betz (Don), Joseph Barberree, and Nathan Rivera. Step-grandchildren are Derrick (Candi), Isaac (Laura), Matthew and Kevin Reed, Ryan and Thea Goodpastor. One great-granddaughter Andrea Rackley, seven step-great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn, Calif., with a funeral service beginning at 12 p.m. A graveside will follow the funeral service at Newcastle Cemetery, 850 Taylor Road, Newcastle, Calif. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, Inc. Please sign the online guestbook at www.chapelofthehills-auburn.com
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on June 20, 2012