Arthur Rivera



Arthur X. “Art” Rivera, 73, of Findlay, passed away at 4 pm Friday, April 7, 2017 at University of Toledo Medical Center.

He was born November 23, 1943 in Findlay to Elias and Socorro (Munoz) Rivera. He married Carol L. (Haynes) Rivera, they divorced and she survives in Fostoria, also surviving is a former companion Janet M. (Zender) Smith; He married Laurie A. Bolmer on June 1, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV and she survives in Findlay.

Also surviving is his mother, Socorro Rivera, Findlay; son, Darren C. Rivera, Fostoria; daughter, Windy M. (Norm) Elchert, Fostoria and like a daughter, Nonnie J. Kinn, Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Jaxton Rivera, Nicholas and Reed Elchert, Jaron, Alysea, Micah, Eric, Samie and Drake; step-daughter, Stephanie L. Thoman; step-son, Michael J. Gorman; step-grandchildren, Lucas, Kayla, Nicholas, Trevor and Trinity; and a brother, Jose Armando (Ma. Eugena) Rivera, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his father, Elias Rivera; son, Woody Rivera; and brother, Albert J. Rivera.

Art worked at Bendix Autolite Corp., Fostoria for 10 years, Ron’s Siding for 10 years and retired as a custodian in 2012 from Findlay City Schools after 10 years of service.

His greatest passion was for playing pool. He played in scores of various tournaments and team championships throughout his lengthy career. He put the highest value on the many friendships he made over those years.

He participated in the Rack’n Cue, American Pool Association, and Ohio BCA; the Northwest Ohio Pool Players Association honored Arthur with an annual event: The Art Rivera 9-Ball Classic, which takes place in February and began in 2015.

Art always considered his wins in Las Vegas and Reno, NV to be his greatest accomplishments. When Art played for the Valley National 8-Ball League Association, he and his team-mates won first place in the Men’s Master Division at the International 8-Ball League Championship in Reno, NV in 1988.

Most of all, he thoroughly enjoyed a little one on one competition wherever he could find a willing participant. He was well-respected and considered a mentor to some and a pool shark to others. He promoted the game wherever he went. You could always be sure that his Southwest cue was in his trunk.

In his later years, joy was found being with his grandchildren and spending Sunday afternoon at Frickers, watching sports with his friends and going to the drawings at the Moose. His favorite travel destination was to Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, where he was raised from age 3 to 12 and where his older brother and family reside.

Visitation is Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 3-7 pm at HOENING FUNERAL HOME 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.

A continued celebration of Arthur’s life will take place Saturday April 22nd from 4-9 pm at the Fostoria Eagles Club.

Memorials are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or Cancer Patient Services, Findlay.

Online expressions of sympathy maybe made by visiting



Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 3-7 pm

242 W Tiffin St, Fostoria, OH, 44830

Hoening Funeral Home

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Tim Weimerskirch

Goodbye Art .It was truly an honor to know you.
Tim Weimerskirch

 Posted April 13, 2017 - 9:54am
Ron and Penney Nomine

Our deepest sympathies. Goodbye old friend until we meet again.

 Posted April 11, 2017 - 1:17pm
Darcey and Wendell Miller

So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. Art was always happy with a good heart to help out anyone. Such an inspiration with his calm personality. He always had a smile on his face and will be missed by many. Prayers to his family during such a hard time. RIP Art.

 Posted April 11, 2017 - 2:11am
Darcey and Wendell Miller

So sorry to hear of the loss of such a good man. Art always had a smile and I don't believe in all the years playing pool around him I have ever seen him mad or upset. So calm and such a good heart. Never a bad word about anyone and always willing to help out someone. What a truly great person and will be missed by many. Prayers to the family in this hard time. RIP Art.

 Posted April 11, 2017 - 2:09am
William K. Dunn

RIP Art, it was an honor to have known u. I enjoyed watching u play pool and will never forget ur wiggle Everytime u shot. Prayers to ur family..

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 11:03pm
Mark Dysnger

Yep, Artie always had that wiggle of his at the pool table. Thanks for the reminder. What a jewel he was.

 Posted April 11, 2017 - 6:57am
William K. Dunn

RIP Art!! It was an honor to have known u. U were a very humble man and one hell of a pool player with your wiggle when u shot. I will never forget u bud.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 11:01pm
Georgean Germano

Heavy is my heart in learning of Arthur's passing. We go way back to high school days. I can still picture him carrying books through the halls and stairways at FHS- always with a smile on his face. Through the years, he never waned from his sincere and kind demeanor. Now I have the memory of that big hug he gave me when we were in Fostoria last month. May you Rest In Peace, Arthur. My deepest sympathy to his family.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 2:19pm
Patsy Elias

Art was one of my all favorite people. Sympathies to Laurie & Family.. Play on Awthaw...

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 1:21pm
Patsy Elias

One of my favorite people off all time. Sympathies to Laurie & Family ~ Play on Art..

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 1:19pm
Vaughn Newcomer

I am so sorry for your loss. I retired from Findlay Schools six years ago. It was always a pleasure to meet up with Art. Our prayers are with you.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 12:47pm
Carl and Connie Baker

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of Art. He will never be forgotten.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 12:02pm
Steve & Colleen Rowe

Art was a "true gentleman" in every sense of the word. Our sincere condolences to all of his family.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 9:07am
Karen Buskirk & Sharon Smith

Continued prayers for you and all of your family..hugs too

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 7:14am
Karen Buskirk & Sharon Smith

Continued prayers, hugs too for you and all of your family.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 7:14am
Karen Buskirk & Sharon Smith

Continued prayers for you and all of your family..thinking of you Windy..Sharon & Karen

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 7:12am

You are in my prayers.

 Posted April 10, 2017 - 5:49am
John Macias

Darren and Aunt Socco - Our deepest sympathy. Art was always so kind. The Macias/Munoz family will miss him greatly. Love to you both.
John & Laura Macias and family

 Posted April 9, 2017 - 11:40pm
Judy Davis

Dear Laurie and family, Extending my Deepest Sympathy to you. There really aren't many words to help, but your faith and others caring will hopefully get you through. God Bless

 Posted April 9, 2017 - 10:26pm
Angie Macias Weber

So sorry to hear about Art. Prayers for Aunt Socco and the rest of the family. Thinking about you, wish we could be there to celebrate Art's life.

 Posted April 9, 2017 - 9:52pm
Mark Dysnger

One of the most Beautiful Souls I have had the honor of calling my Friend. Rest in peace Artie, I love you.

 Posted April 9, 2017 - 12:13pm
Terry Lou

The entire family loves and misses you ...

 Posted April 9, 2017 - 10:19am
Terry Lou

Gone too soon ...
I sure am going to miss Art,
we all are. A big part of our family, His smile was absolutely unforgettable. I have no doubt he will be the Angel by each you ... always.

 Posted April 8, 2017 - 7:31pm
Doug and Jacque Tiell

Aunt Socco, Laurie and Darren, I am so sorry for your loss. Art was a good man who always had that little smile on his face. Prayers to you.

 Posted April 8, 2017 - 1:31pm

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