Richard “Rich” Vera, age 68 of East Chicago, IN passed away peacefully Thursday September 16, 2021. Rich is survived by his wife Yolanda (Yoli Hernandez) Vera; 4 sons and 1 daughter. Richie (Lori) Vera, Jason (Patty) Corral, Carey (Dushawn) Nelson, Michael (Angela) Vera, and Benancio (Elizabeth) Vera. 12 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and nieces & nephews. 1 sister Irma (late Benny) Layton, Armando Vera, Mario (Anne) Vera and 1 sister in law Irene (late Gibo) Vera.
Brother and sisters in laws; John (Pam) Hernandez, Raul (late Eva) Hernandez, Tina Villarreal, Tito Hernandez, Rosie (Mark) Montemayor, Best Friends and Brother & sister in law Roy (Lisa) Martinez. Mother in law who he adored Elena (Nena) Hernandez. Special nieces Stephanie Martinez and birthday buddy Melissa Martinez.
Preceded in death by his parents; Benancio & Juanita Vera, brother's Benancio Vera Jr.; Paul Mendoza, Arthur Vera, & Gibo Vera.
Rich worked at US Tin Mill for 37 1/2 years and was a beloved Sox fan. Rich enjoyed walks with his puppy companion, Sophie. He loved to make people laugh and smile. Yoli will truly miss being adjoined at the hip. When you saw one you saw the other. He will be truly missed by all.
The family will receive friends and family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Ridgelawn Funeral Home, 4201 West Ridge Road, Gary, Indiana 46408 - 219 980-5555. A Celebration of Life for Mr. Richard Vera will be on Thursday at the funeral home at 12:00 p.m. Masks ARE REQUIRED for all guests, vaccinated and unvaccinated.