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Thank you all for your expressions of love and sympathy to myself and our family. Nelson and I felt truly blessed to find love after spending years in loveless marriages. We wanted so much to have something better , we became friends first because of our love of dogs specifically German Shepherds. Because of my dog Odie and a mutual friend (Dean Whitwam) our lives crossed paths twice. The second time led to our friendship and marriage. I am so grateful for all the time we spent together and these last 6 years were 24/7. I will never regret taking my early retirement to just be with him and take care of him. In 2013 when I had cancer he took care of me too. Even during his worse days he always managed to smile and laugh, I wanted to make sure he was happy and never alone. He is in heaven now with a new body. Our time ended sooner than I wanted but God has a plan. I miss him so much, he was the perfect husband and friend to me. He has made me a better person , I will try to make him proud. He is my angel now??
~ Lorayne Rivera - August 26, 2018
I am so sad to hear about Nelson, my prayers are with you.
~ Sally Rivera - August 20, 2018
Nelson was a great friend and true team mate.
~ Dave Karpinski - August 18, 2018
We were sorry to hear of Nelson's passing. He did such a good job training both maniacal Chester and Hausto. We both genuinely liked him, such a nice guy. If you need anything please let us know, we care. We send our blessings and condolences. Sincerely Gene and Sue Hudson
~ Gene and Sue hudson - August 18, 2018
I’ve known Nelson since 1989 when I first started working at GESO then later started at JCPD. My favorite memory is working dispatch with another co-worker while Nelson was working the front desk. My co-worker had some sour gum and asked Nelson if he wanted a piece. (She didn’t divulge it was sour.) He happily took a piece, popped it in his mouth and chewed. Next thing we hear “WTF??!! We were laughing so hard! He kept on chewing though. I assume it tasted better after he chewed all the sour out. I have so many memories of Nelson and his K-9 Argos...especially when Argos would attempt to steal a stuffed animal frame I had on my desk. Nelson would tell him to leave it but this one day, he told him to get it! That was the end of my teddy bear frame. Nelson made law enforcement fun. He will be greatly missed. It’s comforting to know he and Argos are together again! Hugs and prayers to his family.
~ Angie Kohlmann - August 17, 2018
Nelson “Julio” Rivera. Worked many cases with this guy. Biggest was the disc west drug investigation. We were in the big leagues with that... DEA, FBI, ATF , the works. A big deal for JC. He blazed the trail that the rest of us followed in drug investigations. He was a class act and a good friend. He will be missed.
~ Rick Howsrd - August 15, 2018
As a new K9 handler in 2004 with a brand new K9 program with my departemnt, there was about 4 months of not knowing what the heck to do. Then I met Nelson and although he was not the vendor from where my department purchased the dog, he took me and the other K9 handler under his wing. From that point on, our program, our dogs and we as individuals became better educated and better handlers. Nelson will always hold a special place in my life and thoughts. “That’s a good looking shepherd, buddy.”~Nelson Rivera
~ Aaron Wright - August 15, 2018
Nelson was a beloved friend and teammate to many. I am fortunate to have known him. Let's remember him for how he lived, and see his spirit carrying on in the family and friends he touched. God bless him and family in these very difficult times.
~ B. Blazina - August 15, 2018
Nelson and I had a great time training dogs for many years. One time Nelson was scheduled for a demonstration with Argos for the dog club and I was to be the decoy. The scenario was to have me get out of a car and have Argos perform a hold and bark with me laying on the ground wearing the bite suit. I would then try to get away and Argos would bite me in the suit to stop my escape. During the rehearsal I did not have on any equipment and as I was on the ground Nelson was to have Argos on a leash for the hold and bark. Instead he removed the leash and Argos was barking and clicking his teeth very close to parts of my body that made me very nervous. After Nelson put the leash back on Argos I expressed how concerned I was on almost getting bit.Nelson laughed and said "my buddy" he wouldn't have bit you..... at least I don't think he would have.
Prayers for Lorayne, boys and family as he be missed. Nelson was a Great friend
~ Kirk Behymer - August 15, 2018
I remember growing up watching my Dad and Nelson train their dogs together every weekend. My Dad and him shared a great friendship together and a great bond of training their dogs. Condolences to Nelson's family.
~ Stephanie Behymer - August 15, 2018
We ( the Salina Fire Department) came to Nelson to have him find and train an Arson dog! We asked if he had ever trained or worked with an arson dog, Nelson’s response was “odor is odor buddy”. Nelson went on a search for us to find the perfect dog for the job. On December 22nd, 2008 he called and said buddy I got your arson come meet me in GP. Upon my arrival Nelson popped open the back of his truck camper and pulled out a kennel and there she is. To my surprise inside the kennel was a 10 week old black Labrador retriever, without hesitation I said she don’t look an arson and again without hesitation Nelson responded “oh buddy but she is going to be a good one”! He was right not just this time but all the time, that arson dog became Ashes Salina Fire Departments first K9; she was responsible for 28 arrests, 18 convections and help to collect 47 pieces of evidence, 45 came back positive! Nelson you were right again she was good one! Ashes is now enjoying retirement ( not really she is mad every day I go to work without her) and has become my wife Michelle’s best friend! Thank you Nelson you will be missed and I am a better person for getting to know you!
~ Troy Long - August 14, 2018
My memories of Nelson are so full of life. He always made us smile and laugh. Nelson there will never be another one like you, your dedication to Law Enforcement and Police Family was unwavering. As you would say, "Up in the wild Blue Yonder!" You will be missed my friend and will always have a special place in my heart. I have to share that Argos loved chasing us down the hall at the Police Dept., of course never being aggressive, it was his play time. He and Nelson were hiding one day as I was coming down the hall and I heard Nelson say get it to Argos and I heard him bark and the chase was on. Ran all the way down the hall and jumped through the open dispatch window. OMG, Nelson laughed so hard and said to Argos, "Good Boy". Crazy Nelson. Love ya!
~ Sherilyn Brown - August 14, 2018
He was my Co-worker and my very dear friend for many years. We went through so much together and put away a lot of bad guys. His passion for being a K-9 Officer was second to none and he brought the JCPD a wonderful tool “Argos” his
K-9 partner. I will never forget in 1983 when Popingo Video first opened on Grant Avenue, he and I went down and rented “Scarface”. We watched it at my house that day on my Beta VCR and it was both of our’s favorite movie after that. Nelson you went to soon brother, you will be missed but we got it from here, Rest In Peace. Tim
~ Tim Brown - August 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nelson's family. Rest well our friend...
~ Kansas Police Dog Association - August 14, 2018
My deepest condolences to Nelson and his family. Nelson was one of the funniest, best guys in our class at AKHS. He made all of us laugh, and always had a smile on his face. He was as good natured a person as I’ve ever met. He will be dearly missed. May God grant the family peace and comfort, and may he Rest In Peace in our heavenly father’s arms.
~ Tony Pulgine - August 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. He was always a sweetheart to me & would make me laugh when I used to babysit Matt & Micheal. May God comfort You at this very sad time.
With much love,
~ Martha Payne - August 14, 2018
Nelson was my first and turns out my best friend while I was with JCPD. We played softball together, hunted and fished and hung out with our families. I loved him!! Nelson taught me a few things along the way..... Like, it is not a good idea for a newlywed man to leave a note on the kitchen table on a Friday that says, "Going hunting with Nelson and Royce I will be back Sunday"..... HA!!! Though it did set the foundation for a strong marriage. But my favorite moment with Nelson is when I asked him to back me on a search in an apartment building. We were on graveyard shift. I am parked at Dillon's doing a report and I see a young lady, wearing pajama's, running down the street to my car (well before cell phones). She is almost hysterical as she reaches me and says that someone has broken into her apartment and they are inside. I roll down there and ask a for a back and Nelson responds. It is a basement apartment at the Callhoun Apartments and as we go to the front door she says we can't get in. She has locked it, dead bolted it, chained it and pushed a chair against the door. Knowing that is the only entry point I ask how she got out. She said she climbed out her bedroom window (which is at ground level). I asked "then how did anyone get in?" and she said that she does not know but swears someone is in her apartment. Nelson and I know that no one is in that apartment so we bebop back and are going to climb in and clear the apartment. We pull our guns for safety and we blade the window as I shine my flashlight into the apartment. As I scan the room I see the biggest, ugliest person you can imagine standing there pointing a gun at me. I literally scream, drop my flashlight and jump back at least 4 feet. Nelson starts jumping up and down waving his gun and yelling "what...what.... what". I tell him some big dude in there and he has a gun. Hearts racing we come up with a plan and we take a better position of advantage for safety. I tell Nelson, "Get ready. I am going to yell at him to drop the gun and if he don't we shoot him." I hit the room with the spot light but don't immediately see him so scan the room and as I get tot he right side I see the guy again as well as a frame......... It turns out the back wall was completely covered with a mirror and the big ugly dude I saw was Nelson. With my heart still racing I tell Nelson what it is and he starts laughing and grinning the Nelson Rivera laugh!!! The entire time we are clearing the apartment he cannot stop laughing and calling me stupid. It was (now) the funniest thing. Every time we got together in a group, anywhere, no matter how many times people heard that story someone would always say.... "Hey Dale, tell that story of you and Nelson at the Callhoun Apartments." I was back last December for Chief Smith's funeral and got to see some of the people who I worked with and even then, dang near 30 years later, someone asked me to tell the story. Nelson was an excellent officer and an even better friend. He will always remain in my heart.
~ Dale Mondary - August 14, 2018
Cathy and I have known Nelson , Lorraine and sons for decades. His friendly manners and calm demeanor were but two of his many traits that earned him the widespread love and admiration of the community. Nelson’s love for family, law enforcement, and country was something we should all emulate. We will miss that mischievous grin and his humor and have no doubt that he is loving Argos and his other dogs that left before him. God bless Nelson Rivera and the wonderful family that are grieving at this most sad time!
~ Ron Stopfer - August 14, 2018
Lorayne, I didn't know all these wonderful things about Nelson. How great you both were together. I admire your strength and love. I am here for you.
Love and prayers, Shirley
~ Shirley Kalinosky - August 14, 2018
I've known Nelson for almost 30 years. He was a K-9 Officer for Junction City PD while I handled a dog for the Salina PD. I remember Nelson when he first got Argus, his beloved Police Dog. He and Argus were a outstanding K-9 Team and feared by many "bad guys". Nelson was a natural at handling a police dog. He was also a practical joker who I fell victim to more than once. He always had a smile on his face and definitely made all the other K-9 guys laugh! He was a character!!! Nelson and I spent many hours back in the day talking and discussing dogs and LIFE. Nelson Rivera was a GREAT GUY and I am proud to say that he was a FRIEND of mine. Brother, Rest in Peace and give Argus a pat for me. YOU WILL BE MISSED.
~ Don Poore - August 14, 2018
Lorayne and I are truly sisters, though we never met. Our Care Warrior journeys paralleled - I feel her deep sorrow and share her joy that her beloved Nelson is whole, free and has joined the Angels who watch over us. We will always be connected. Love you my sister, may our great God of Mercy and Comfort keep you in His loving care. Love, Laurie Davis
~ Laurie Davis - August 14, 2018
I remembered when I first met Mr and Mrs Rivera. Nelson started talking to me like he knew me when they were in the key office here on 6 th st. in junction city . Lorayne heard him talking to me and she said Nelson that is not your nurse from Manhattan with a smile . She said you look just like her and I laughed . Immediately I started talking to them and I asked them to become eagle members to help her out with her Avon and to be in a friendly environment . I know she loved Nelson he was her life and he will truly be missed.
~ Rhoda Wilson - August 14, 2018
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