Harold Lilburn Rives Jr.

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HAROLD LILBURN RIVES, JR. ARCHDEACON FATHER BASIL RIVES, BILL RIVES, DAD, UNCLE BILLY,GRANDPA BORN: CLAYTON, NEW MEXICO, MAY 23, 1921 DIED: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, SEPTEMBER 6, 2015 Bill Rives, sometimes known affectionately as "the Colonel" was born, raised and died in New Mexico. His long life was expressed in many ways, the first of which was the generation of a large, loving family. His wife of 61 years, Mary Anne Beauchamp Rives, predeceased him in 2003. Together they raised four sons, Harold L. Rives, III (West Hartford, CT), Dr. Charles L. Rives (Stephenville, TX), James W. Rives (Las Cruces, NM), and John S. Rives (Santa Fe, NM). Bill and Mary Anne also blessed the lives of their daughters-in-law, Marki Ware Rives, Cynthia Potter Rives, Monica Rives Iglesias, Kari Rives, and Mary Jo Potter. Their sons and wives begat or adopted the eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren whose lives were touched by this loving and generous man. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Hal and Helen, and by his brother Charles. His sister Sue followed him in death also on September 6th . World War II interrupted Bill's college education and he found himself first as a volunteer and then as an enlisted man before attending OCS and graduating as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army in 1943. His first son was born while Bill was attending OCS. He was shipped out to England for the beginning assembly of the D-DAY invasion, coming ashore safely at Utah beach on June 7, 1944. From there he was a tank commander under General Patton and received many commendations including a Purple Heart. He was active in the New Mexico National Guard for many years. Upon his retirement from the military service he obtained the rank of Brigadier General. When Lieutenant Rives returned from WWII he finished his college education as a 1946 graduate of New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State University.) He was in two businesses with his Dad in Las Cruces and Roswell before moving to Santa Fe in 1965. While in Santa Fe Colonel Rives worked for the Department of Civil Defense and for the National Guard. He also began the religious chapters of his life in 1986 when he was ordained Episcopal Deacon at Holy Faith Episcopal Church. He and Mary Anne helped establish Holy Trinity Orthodox Church where he was instrumental in growing this congregation of devoted Christians. He was ordained as Archdeacon of the American Orthodox Church in 2006 as Father Basil. This church has been another family for Father Basil and his love was reciprocated. His community service was expressed as an active member of the Lions Club, Chambers of Commerce, and with Mary Anne as singing missionaries to nursing homes and retirement homes. He touched many lives all over the world. He loved and was loved by both of his families. He was a Christian, a loving husband and father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son, brother, cousin, good neighbor, and good friend. Liturgy will be recited at 9:00AM, Wednesday September 9 followed by the funeral service at 11:00AM at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 231 E. Cordova Rd. Burial will be at the 1:30 P. M. at the National Cemetery. Memorial donations should be made to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.
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Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
231 E Cordova Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 983-5826
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Sept. 9, 2015
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