Alvaro C. Rocha, 71

Local obituary


Alvaro C. Rocha, 71, of West Liberty, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty followed by a funeral mass at the church. Burial was in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, West Liberty.

The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Liberty is caring for Alvaro’s family. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Alvaro was born February 19, 1950 in El Palomar, Durango Mexico, the son of Pedro and Aquilina (Castro) Rocha. In 1970, Pedro and Aquilina moved their family to West Liberty.

On Dec. 30, 1972, he was united in marriage to Fidencia Varela in Piedras Negras, Coahuila Mexico. Alvaro had been employed with West Liberty Foods for 35 years and for the last 15 at Hahn Ready Mix in West Liberty.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in West Liberty. He enjoyed gardening, grilling out, traveling with his wife and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Fidencia, and two children including Alvaro Rocha Jr., and Selene (Juan) Barrera, as well as two brothers, Pedro Castro (Maricela) Rocha and Miguel (Dolores) Rocha, all of West Liberty. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Alex, Brisa, Maya and Shaila.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Federico, Javier, Rolando as well as a sister, Maria Sanchez.