Reynaldo "Rey" Piña Rivera

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Reynaldo Piña Rivera, 81, of Yuma, entered into eternal life on Monday, June 8, 2009. He was born October 8, 1927 in Andrade, California.

Rey was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Rey worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. He always carried two jobs and never once complained. He worked for the Coca-Cola bottling plant/ Southwest Ice & Storage Co. He also worked for Sun Valley Beverage on top of his part time job at Sears Roebuck Co. for over 25 years. Rey was a good hearted man because if he saw someone in need he would help them out no matter their circumstances. And in the most dire situations, he always found a moment to be witty, and put a smile on your face. His laughter will be greatly missed. Rey was in the U.S. Army, and a member of the American Legion Post #19.

Rey is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lucy; sons, Rey A. (Ana) Rivera, Willie A. Rivera; daughter, Susan L. "Buffy" (Michael) Bridgeman all of Yuma; grandchildren, Bethany R. Rivera, Keilor J. Rivera, Camille R. Rivera, Anisa A. Rivera, all of Yuma, and Victoria Y. Rivera of Phoenix, Arizona; great-grandchildren, Isabel Rivera, Isiah, Tyler and Jacob Marlett all of Yuma; brothers, Ralph P. Rivera of Las Vegas, Nevada, Joe P. Rivera of Coppers Cove, Texas, Bill (Anita) Montaña, and John Montaña of Huntsville, Alabama; sisters, Annabelle Hernandez and Victoria Alcala all of Yuma, Dora Harper of Hurricane, Utah, Juanita Montaña-Owen of Scottsdale, Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rey was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Carolina Piña Rivera and John Montaña; grandmother, Carolina Mendez Piña; aunt, Nellie Montaña; sister, Belen Rivera; brothers, Gilbert P. Rivera, Willie P. Rivera, Oscar Montaña, Peter Montaña, John Montaña and Ernest Montaña.

A visitation will be held at Johnson Mortuary Chapel on Friday, June 19, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. A Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 505 S. Ave B, on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Rey A. Rivera Jr., Willie A. Rivera, Keilor J. Rivera, Michael Bridgeman, Gilbert D. Rivera, and Willie Rico.

Honorary pallbearers are, Bethaney R. Rivera, Anisa A. Rivera, Camille R. Rivera, Victoria Y. Rivera, Fred A. Rico, Tony A. Rico, Rocky A. Rico, Mike Castro, Arthur "Artie" Montaña, Richard Contreras, Pete Lechuga, Mikey Hernandez, Ernest Elias, David Gill, Tony Moreno, Eduard "Vito" Montaña, Ruben Angulo, Terry Phillips, Ike Martinez, Eugene "Teno" Gill, Phil Tellez, Joe Mesa, the late Ray Solis, the late Pete Parga, the late Mike Ortega, the late Arthur "Gordo" Montaña, the late Albert "Papacito" Montaña, and all the original Maple Street Tigers.

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