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John E. Rivers, 93, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at his home of 57 years, in Paisley, Florida.


He was born August 9, 1919 in New Harmony, Indiana, the son of John and India Hardy Rivers.

John graduated from New Harmony High School in1937 and served in the United States Navy during World War II.

John worked as a machinist for Florida Power and Light Company for more than 30 years. He lived in Dania, Florida at the start of his career and moved to Paisley, Florida in 1957.

During his retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Paisley and summers in Poseyville, Indiana. John was an avid gardener, reader, and enjoyed fishing.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Austin Parks Rivers, his second wife of 53 years, Ruth Rivers, brother Claude Rivers and sisters Beulah Davis and Mary Stierley.

John is survived by nephews: Harold Stierley, Arthur Stierley Jr, John Rivers and Roger Rivers; nieces: Claudette Ackerman and Priscilla Matz; step-daughter: Leslie Wilson; granddaughters: Robin Wilson and Heather Bever; grandson: David Wilson; great-grandchildren: Brendon Wilson, Zack Wilson, Amberann Wilson, Ty Bever, and Travis Bever; great-niece: Leah Vantlin; great-nephews: John Ackerman, Klent Matz and Heath Matz and great-great nieces: Mary, Lily, and Avery Vantlin.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Werry Funeral Home, New Harmony Chapel, with Rev. John Adams officiating, burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.


John E. Rivers