---- — WEST CHAZY — Mr. Howard W. Rivers, 82, of LaPlante Road in West Chazy, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at his home with family by his side and under the care of Hospice of the North Country.
He was born in Plattsburgh on Aug. 28, 1930, the son of the late Wilfred and Agnes (Fountain) Rivers.
Howard was employed for over 28 years as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Beekmantown. He was a member of the Beekmantown Fire Department for many years. He enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and woodworking..
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jean (Boulerice) Rivers; a daughter , Cheryl LaValley of Beekmantown; a son and daughter-in-law, Howard J. and Tammy Rivers of West Virginia; a sister, Shirley Grimes of Tennessee; a brother-in-law, Daniel Brannon; his grandchildren; Vickie Tabor, Carrie Girard, Crystal Smith, Brandy Rivers; his great-grandchildren, Andrew and Abigail LaBarge, Michael and Elizabeth Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Peter and Paul Rivers; and two sisters, Barbara Brannon and Pauline Theresa James; and a sister-in-law, Elaine (Hemmingway) Rivers.
Calling hours will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. in Plattsburgh. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Entombment will be in Whispering Maples Mausoleum in Plattsburgh. Memorial donations may be offered to Hospice of the North County.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901 (518) 561-3980. Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com.