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“Nancy. Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. And wished I had been better at checking my messsges. John Marasovich instant messaged me and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Vasil - Fort Wayne, IN

“Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I saw him at the nursing home in Ft Wayne and we talked about Angola & the Cabin. I used to visit there often when I...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Stacey Kresler Milleman - IN

“We are sorry to learn of Jim's death. I will not be able to attend the service this Friday since I just got GWEN out of the hospital today for...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: John & Gwen Nigro - Fremont, IN

“Will always remember working at the Cabin and the good times there. We weren't co-workers, we were family. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Matt Nodine - Pleasant Lake, IN

“Memories are a significant comfort at these times and I certainly have many.Sadly I will be out of town Fri. Will be thinking of you and Janie. ...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: S. Sue Lagoni - ft. wayne, IN

“Nancy, You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Becker - Huntertown, IN

“Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Carole Reffner - Great Falls, MT

“Arnold ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Arnold Fege - Washington, DC

“Rest in Peace Jim......we'll always remember the happy times spent with you at Captain's Cabin....what a time and what a'll be greatly...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Suzy Adams - Angola, IN - Friend

Manuel Joseph "Jungle Jim" Rivera, 96, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Born in New York, NY, Jim was the son of the late Gregory and Mary (Veranco) Rivera. "Big Jim" or "Jungle Jim" were his nicknames given to him during his 10 year baseball career. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 52-61 and was a key part in the 1959 pennant winning team. He led the majors in triples in 1955 and stolen bases in 1956. He was known for many of his unique skills as a baseball player but none more than sliding head first into base. His love for baseball continued after his career and he was always willing to sit down and talk with others and sign autographs for the fans. After baseball, Jim owned and operated Captain's Cabin Restaurant and Lounge on Crooked Lake in Angola for 26 years, prior to his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, being named Elk of the year in 1969, and Celebrity of the year in 1991. He was also a member of the Major League Baseball Alumni Association, and the American Legion. Jim enjoyed playing golf until age 90, particularly with the Railroaders, and racquet ball until age 80. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (McLaughlin) Rivera of Fort Wayne; brothers, Howard (Antonia) Rivera of Puerto Rice, Gregory (Lucy) Rivera of Sunrise, FL; and sister-in-law, Janie (Phil) Caudill of Port Charlotte, FL. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Saltzman. A time for gathering and fellowship will be Friday, December 1, 2017 at D. O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road from 4 pm to 7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm. Memorials may be made to the Turnstone Center, Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, or Chicago Baseball Cancer Charities. To sign the online guest book, go to