Gilberto Rivas, age 67, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away at 4:40 P.M. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Gilbert had worked at several factories in the area, the last of which was Dayton Walthers (TRW) in Fayette, Ohio. He was known for his stories and jokes and his woodworking projects and he loved to cook. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Fayette.
Gilberto Rivas was born on March 10, 1947, in Mathis, Texas, the son of Antonio H. and Socorro G. (Gonzalez) Rivas. He married Minerva Hernandez on June 27, 1970, in Fayette and she survives.
Gilbert is survived by his wife, Minerva; children, Dina Rivas, of Archbold, Ohio, Cecilia Villanueva, of Kalida, Ohio, Gil Rivas and Steve Rivas, both of Bryan, and Diana (Richard) Allen, of Pleasant Lake, Indiana; eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Juanita Villarreal, of Fort Worth, Texas, Lupita (Manuel Martinez) Chavez, of Lantana, Florida, Dora Miehls, of Ottawa, Ohio, Elodia (David) Wheeler, of Montpelier, Ohio, Martha (Bruce Thomas) Hernandez, of Bryan, Jose A. Rivas, of Defiance, Ohio, Mary (Steven, Jr.) Krauss and R. David Rivas, both of Kunkle, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Antonio Rivas, Jr. and two brothers-in-law, Odilo Villarreal, Sr. and Ron Miehls.
Funeral services for Gilbert will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. in the Krill Funeral Home, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan, with Pastor Jay Perdue officiating. Interment will follow in Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 A.M. in the funeral home.
Memorials are requested to the family in care of Krill Funeral Service.