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James "Jim" Riovo; February 8, 1948- September 8, 2011.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather & friend was flown by his chopper to the gates of Heaven to be with the angels after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family & friends with his beloved "Bear" by his side. He is survived by his adoring wife of 40 years, Barbara Ann and his devoted children Nichol Abbott, Heather & Damian Valls, Averi & Andrew Garza, along with his 8 treasured grandchildren. Proud father Ret. Col Jose A. Riovo & wife Ana, Caring father in-law & friend Ret. Col Keith F. DuBois along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. Serving in the United States Army, CW3 Jim H Riovo was a member of 189th Ghostrider & Avengers. He was a true HERO, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star & Air Medal while serving in Vietnam. Continuing his passion for flight he then flew as a Life Flight Pilot for Memorial Hermann Hospital for over 20 years. Upon retirement he continued his dedication to his "brothers-in-arms" and commanded the VFW Post 8541 in San Antonio, Texas. Jim touched the lives of many people with his smile, generosity, infectious laugh and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Jim's free spirit will be commemorated with a welcoming reunion of family and friends on Friday September 23, 2011. A pre-gathering at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony de Padua, 102 Lorenz Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209 followed by a Memorial Service at 12:00 noon. To follow Military Funeral Honors at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209. A celebration of Jim's life hosted by VFW Post 8541, 2222 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78218 following military services. Casual attire requested by Jim. In lieu of flowers, the Riovo family would be most honored by a donation to the Jim Riovo Memorial Fund sent or delivered to VFW Post 8541, 2222 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas 78218. Condolences may be sent to the Riovo family at www.theangelusfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by:

Published in Express-News from Sept. 11 to Sept. 18, 2011
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