Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7750 West Cermak Road, Forest Park, IL


Phillip D. Rios

December 16, 1952February 10, 2020
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Phillip D. Rios

Beloved Husband to Karen (Gonzales) for 42 years, Loving Father to Sarah Leone (Steven), Kristen Halverson (Mark), Cherished Grandfather to Alexis, Dominik, Steven Jr., Leah, Ivy and Jude.

Loving Son to Robert & Mary Rios (deceased), Dear brother to Margaret Kalter (Lawrence Deceased), Irene Basurto (Raul), Josephine Sanchez (Martin Deceased) Robert Rios Jr. (Deceased) Robert Steven Rios (Anita), Leonard Rios, (Angela), Edward Rios (Emily)

Uncle to many nephews and nieces that he kept in his heart. Cousin to a cast of thousands, Friend to so many!

Proud Marine that served his country honorably and received the Rifle Marksman and National Defense Service medal.

Phil had a career in Occupational Therapy for 30 years specializing in Industrial Rehabilitation. Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Phil lived an extraordinary life. He was dedicated to HIS LORD and served HIM well. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife and caring father to his daughters and his son-in-laws. As a grandfather he had exceeding joy that filled his heart for his grandchildren. Not a day went by without him telling his family that he loved them.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Prayer Service Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 17, 2020


Phillip D. Rios

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Rober Moeller

February 21, 2020

Phil Rios was one of the most joyful, generous and caring individuals we ever met. I cannot think of a time when I was with Phil when he was not smiling. He had a joy about him few people in life ever experience despite his many hardships.

Cheryl and I came to know and love Phil and Karen through our mutual interest in marriage ministry in the church. We learned that Phil and Karen, along with their cousins Vince and Donna, led the marriage ministry at their church.

We attended some of their marriage events and they were amazing. One stands out in particular. They held a banquet for couples where everyone was supposed to dress up like 1920's Chicago gangsters. You even had to knock on the back door of the restaurant and have the right code word to get in.

Phil's generosity is legendary -- and with good cause. When they chose to down-size to a smaller house a few years ago Phil and Karen called and asked if we'd be interested in their bedroom furniture. We inherited a solid oak suite of furniture that is the nicest we have ever owned in our 40 years of marriage. Now don't wake up a single day without remembering their kindness and generosity.

Phil will be remembered as a man of deep faith. When he was much younger he survived a construction accident by the grace of God that sadly claimed several other lives. He was the only one to survive it. He used all the difficulties of his life, including his battle with cancer, to witness to the love and saving power of Jesus Christ.

His response to each and every obstacle was to trust God all the more. What might have shattered the faith of other people only strengthened Phil and Karen's walk of faith. The last time I was blessed to see Phil he and his wife showed up unexpectedly at one of our events for older adult singles. It was a difficult season in our lives and his presence was truly a postcard from God. We shall miss him greatly -- but we shall see him again. He now stands in the presence of Jesus. We love you.

Jeff & Michelle Mishur

February 16, 2020

We were privileged to have had Phil and Karen as our neighbors for many years in Riverside. We found that when we would see Phil around town or when he was walking Zoe, he always made our day happier and brighter. He had the most positive, upbeat attitude. Phil was the easiest guy to talk to—he always had kind words to say and a positive view on life that we found contagious. Phil had such a remarkable story—from his military service, to how he and Karen met, to the accident and his work. Most of all, Phil had such overwhelming pride in and love for his family and always thought of them first. Our lives are all the richer for having known him. As a friend and neighbor, we will miss you, Phil!

Alice Zepeda-Martinez

February 16, 2020

To all the Rios Family
May our beloved cousin Phillip. May you RIP with all our family members who are heavenly Angels with our God Almighty. As you know my mom (auntie chata) pass away a few weeks ago so my heart ❤ was broken 💔 twice .. Hearing of your passing may God give all the family strength as he has given me.
From All your California cousins our deepest condolences. 🙏👼🙏👼

Doug Burkizer

February 15, 2020

Phil was my cousin in-law and I really enjoyed spending time with him when I would visit Chicago, my home town. Conversation would turn to the great food there like pizza and beef sandwiches. Him and Karen visited my mom in Phoenix when my dad passed to help her in her grief and to counsel her on God’s plan.
We caught a Diamondbacks baseball game while in town and had a great time hanging out.
I admired Phil for his strength of faith and love for his family. I know that when he went to heaven God said “well done Phil!”

Manny & Lily Hiante

February 14, 2020

Phil was a pillar for His wife and family. We attended Emmanuel church same years they did and I always seen them both faithfully encouraging couples new to the faith or seasoned in their walk, thru Marriage Builders. They strongly believed a Godly centered marriage is the foundation for keeping couples together. They drew so many couples at EBC to attend “weekend to Remember” and couples bible studies. It was our privilege to know Phil and his vibrant smile. Jesus has welcomed him home. Liliana H

Hollie Patton

February 14, 2020

Where do I start....Phil Rios was like an Uncle to me. I had the pleasure of become a part of the loving Rios family in 1990 after becoming bestfriends with Amanda Rios/Mane. Uncle Phil was quick to take on the roll as my mentor when I was at that phase of my life decided what career path I would take. I was so moved by his story and the mirical he was blessed with after his scaffolding accident many moons ago. He is the reason I became a Phyical Therapist Assistant. I had the pleasure to work for him 5 years of my career. He was the best boss ever!!! When it was time for me to tie the knot he was eager to bless us along with writing a personalized poem which he read to my husband and I at our wedding. I will always admired Uncle Phil's connection to the Lord and his consisnt positive spirit. He will be sorely missed. I love you Uncle Phil may your rest in peace.

Kenneth D. Szydlowski

February 14, 2020

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St. Bede the Venerable Church Chicago, IL. will be offered for the repose of the soul of Phillip D. Rios on Sunday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. and on Sunday, April 19th at 10:00 a.m.
With the Sympathy of Mr. Kenneth D. Szydlowski :

Matthew Nowak

February 14, 2020

I’m a long time friend and brother in Christ with Karen and Phil since 2007, I have always told everyone that a marriage grounded in Christ is Karen and Phil, I’ve had the privilege to be not only there electrician, but to be in bible studies, events, and church, Phil always had a smile that really would lift you if you were feeling a bit down or winded, he showed what a man of God really is, he showed kindness and love toward anyone I’ve ever seen him speak with or encounter, I am blessed to to have been in his presence many times, and now at home with our Lord and Savior, I will see you again brother, the picture is August 16th 2018 doing some work by the Rios. My dad is there helping as two veterans and myself lift the flags into its place, a time we will never forget.


Cheryl Gabriel

February 12, 2020

Karen and Phil had just recently moved into my neighborhood and live across the street. A year ago my husband passed away and they were there for me. Phil took me shopping and even signed our Wills. They made my life a little easier and I was blessed to have their help. Phil was an awesome human being and I am so glad to have known him. I had promised to take him to breakfast for his help but I guess I’ll have to wait till I get up there!

Adolph Gasca Jr.

February 12, 2020

I have known the Rios family since I was a kid living on 18th & Racine. Loved them all! Bob, Dardo, Leonard & Phil will always be my Brothers. My heart broke when I was informed about Phil...Love you my Brother 💔😥 R.I.P.