Rodolfo “Rudy” / “Popo” Rivera Sr.Rodolfo “Rudy” / “Popo” Rivera Sr., 56 of Grand Forks, ND died Friday, May 3, 2013 at his home. Rudy Rivera was born July 1, 1956 in Moorhead, MN the son of Celestino and Estella (Alonzo) Rivera. He grew up and graduated from Crystal City Texas High School. He married Graciela Lopez on June 10, 1975 in Cavalier, ND. They worked as migrant workers in the upper Red River Valley for a number of years. In 1987 they moved to East Grand Forks where he attended the EGF AVTI in mechanics. He worked for EGF School District, the Farmers Finest Bean Company from 2002 – 2007 and from 2007 until present for the EERC in Grand Forks.
He is survived by his wife Graciela of Grand Forks, children, Rick (Amy) Rivera of Shakopee, MN, Rudy Jr. (Kristen) Rivera of Bismarck, ND, Rolando (Kaylie) Rivera of Grand Forks, Rianna (Josh) Flores, of Grand Forks and Sylvia Linkous of Georgetown, Ohio, grandchildren, Danielle, Taylor, Kolby, Xavier, Riley, Nevaeh, Ebonye, and Dallas, siblings, Olga (Alex) Avalos, of Perrysburg, Ohio, Celestina Rivera of Crystal City, TX, Magdalena (Silvestre) Rivera of Brownwood, TX, Jorge Rivera of Crystal City, TX and his mother Estella Rivera of Crystal City, TX. He is preceded in death by his father Celestino, 1 brother Guadalupe Rivera and 1 sister Esmeralda Martinez.