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Robert Rivera

Robert Rivera

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Robert Rivera, loving husband, father, papa and brother went to be with the Lord. All his loving family surrounded him in his passing. Robert was born April 17, 1965 in Port LaVaca, Texas to Perdo Rivera and Guadalupe Reyes. He moved to Idaho when he was 5 and made Wilder his home. He started his law enforcement career with the City
of Wilder Police Department and later moved to the Canyon County Sherriff’s Office until 1997. He served as a corporal on his team. After leaving the sheriff’s office, he spent a few years working with Custom Marble and in 2000 he started working with Wilbur Ellis until 2014. He also served as a councilman for the City of Wilder for many years. Robert’s talents were many and he was dedicated to his family, community and the children of Wilder. In 1989, he met and married his love of his life of 30 years, Lynnette, and they were blessed with two wonderful sons. He started coaching when his oldest boy was four and continued to coach even when his boys were older and were in high school. His compassion to coach and help kids was his biggest joy. He was dedicated to his son’s sports and never missed a game. He always made sure all the players had food to eat after games. He loved the outdoors. Camping and fishing were two of his favorite things to do with his family. He took pride in teaching his boys how to work on cars and fix things themselves. His love and compassion will be greatly missed. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Pedro, his mother, Guadalupe, two brothers, Rudy and Ruben, and many other loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Lynn, his sons, Joshua (Laney) and Kass (Janessa) and four wonderful grandchildren, Aubree, Dredyn, Marcelle and Kashus. He is also survived by his sisters, Becky (Scott) Brady, Rose Spath, Rachel (John) Grunenwald, his brother, Roland (Rose Mary) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

I miss you so much – words can’t describe my feelings and how much you are going to be missed. You were such a great dad, papa and husband. You raised me to be the best man I can be and I will not disappoint you. You are my idol, my best mentor, my coach, and last but not least the best father a young man can ask for. I look up to you everyday even after your passing. I will miss all the times we were able to hangout and all the stories you would tell us. I will be sure to continue your legacy down here on earth
as you watch over us. Your passing was too soon dad, we sat and talked for two hours about life, watched golf together for the last time and about how you’re going to get out and start your physical therapy so you can walk around and ditch that wheel chair for the final time. I did not expect it to be our last time that I was saying my final hello, my final kiss on your warm soft head and my last goodbye, but its not goodbye dad, it’s see you soon. Spread your wings and fly my angel, look down on us and guide us through this tough time without you. You have the heart of a warrior, the strongest person I have ever met. I love you daddy so much.


I love and miss you dearly! It feels like a dream that you are no longer with us and you will truly be missed. You were the best dad that I can possibly ask for and I am forever thankful for that. We had our ups and downs but at the end of the day we loved each other. I will always cherish you as my coach and teaching me what I know today. You were my hero and you still will be. I will always remember everything you taught me and all our camping and family trips. You were taken way too soon but I know God has a plan for all of us and you are now one of his Angels to look over Mom, Josh, and our families. I will miss saying “see ya pops” every day when I leave for work, but I know you will always be there. I will carry on all our memories that we have built, and I will pass them on to my kids. I will continue the strong legacy you left behind. You are gone but never forgotten. See you soon POPS! I love you!


There will be a memorial service for Robert as soon as possible.
You may contact Lynn through Facebook (Lynnette Wilson Rivera) or by mail (PO Box 131 Wilder, ID 83676)


  • Bernadette Acuna Posted March 23, 2020 8:09 pm

    Robert ..
    You were an amazing man. I often remarked on the love and connection you and Lynette had, maybe I envied it. Your connection to your boys was amazing to see, even through their teenage years. Your dedication to your community was definitely honorable. You always had a smile to greet everyone. You will definitely be missed by everyone who’s life you touched. I’m honored to have shared some time with you. Watch over Lynn and the boys.

  • Geraldine Benoit Posted March 23, 2020 8:34 pm

    Lynn and family, this is Gerri and I worked with you at Third Dimension Cuts in the karcher mall. I lost my husband in 2007 and I cant forget him if I tried. I know what it is like to lose the love of your life.Its not easy but you can do it. I wish you the best and remember to lean on your family and friends to through this very tough time. I will be thinking about you and condolences to you. Love Gerri

  • Marcia Beeman Posted March 23, 2020 9:33 pm

    I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. I worked with Robert in the 1980 and early 1990 at Canyon County when he was at Wilder and later the County. He was a fine man and officer. God bless and comfort your family. RIP Robert

  • Eden Rodriguez Posted March 23, 2020 10:33 pm

    Sending love and prayers of peace.

  • Karie and Bill Adams Posted March 23, 2020 11:14 pm

    We are soooo sorry for your families loss. Robert was a great man and will be missed by many. Your family will be in our prayers.

  • Becky Brady Posted March 24, 2020 2:26 am

    To my loving little brother!! You will always be in my heart and memories. You fought a long battle my brother. Now you are with mom and the brothers. We will some day be all together again. I Love You and miss you so!! Rest in Peace my brother. Your big sister!!

  • City of Wilder Posted March 30, 2020 1:59 pm

    Our sincerest condolences. We thank Robert for his many years of service to the community and citizens of Wilder.

  • Kathaleen Cromwell Posted April 5, 2020 7:30 pm

    You were a fixture in my Wilder home as a child and teen. You were someone I turned to when my world fell apart army Daddy’s death. You had been his rookie and fellow WPD. I remember your laughter when my Uncle decided WPD stood for Wimpy Pick Ducker!
    I know that you were a great blessing to your wife and children because you were such a blessing to mine.
    Thank you for being a man of integrity and love. God bless you for being a REAL coo-one that truly, deeply cares about every person your community and surrounding ones. Teaching right from wrong with dedication, fierceness when called for, and compassion.
    You have been missed the past 25 years since Iburied my father and moved away. You will be forever, fondly remembered.
    God bless and keep your family.

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