OBITUARY

Francisco Rios Jr.

October 8, 1927July 23, 2020
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Francisco Rios passed away peacefully shortly after noon on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the age of 92.

Frank, or Frankie as he was called by his friends and loved ones, is survived by his wife of 75 years, Lupe Rios, children Patricia Diaz (Gilbert), Anthony Rios (Cindy), Daniel Rios (Yolanda), Mary Magana, Cynthia Brown (Dennis), as well as his 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren with one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ruben Rios, sister Isabel Garcia, son Francisco Rios, daughter Linda Harris and grandson Anthony Rios Jr.

Frank was born to Francisco and Mary Rios on October 8, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was raised by his father after his mother’s death, when he was five years old.

At age 17, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning home, he became reacquainted with his childhood friend, Lupe, and fell in love. They married and raised a large Catholic family together. He was idolized by his three sons and he was his four daughters’ hero. He spent countless hours taking his sons hunting and fishing, doodling with his daughters, and he was the best storyteller his children had ever heard. He was a master teacher as well, not only teaching his kids about the world, but guiding and giving them sage advice to maneuver through it. He worked hard to make ends meet for his family. After retiring from Cudahy Packing he went into business with his eldest son and ran the family owned business, Frank and Son’s Trucking.

He was determined to offset the meager family beginnings from his childhood by creating an atmosphere where his family would flourish. With his own two hands, he built a backyard oasis that witnessed countless birthday pool parties, 4th of July spectaculars, family weddings, Cinco de Mayo fiestas, Easter egg hunts, visits from Santa, and weekly Saturday night family bingo games. He realized his dream of giving his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren a foundation of values they carry on to their families today.

His family laughs, cries, and mourns together. But most importantly they love each other deeply, because they had a role model like Frank.

A funeral service is scheduled on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Raytown, Missouri at 10:00am with graveside services following at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City. Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Francisco Rios, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Mary (Hernandez) Rios, Mother (deceased)
  • Isabel Garcia, Sister (deceased)
  • Francisco Rios, Son (deceased)
  • Linda Harris, Daughter (deceased)
  • Anthony Rios, Jr., Grandson (deceased)
  • Ruben Rios, Brother (deceased)
  • Lupe Rios, Wife of 75 years
  • Patricia Rios (Gilbert), Daughter
  • Anthony Rios (Cindy), Son
  • Daniel Rios (Yolanda), Son
  • Mary Magana, Daughter
  • Cynthia Brown (Dennis), Daughter
  • Twenty-one (21), Grandchildren
  • Thirthy-nine (39), Great-grandchildren
  • Four (4), Great-great-grandchildren

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steven Lemons, Pallbearer
  • Paul Harris, Pallbearer
  • Francisco Moss, Pallbearer
  • Chris Grado, Pallbearer
  • David Magaña, Pallbearer
  • Danny Rios, Pallbearer
  • Jesse Lemons, Pallbearer

Services

  • Private Family Visitation

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

  • Committal Service & Burial

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Memories

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Tommy Sanders

July 29, 2020

Grandpa Frank was an amazing guy. When I married Stephanie back in 97 he acted like I had always been apart of the family. I really enjoyed watching him and Frank Jr when they got together. He always made me feel at home. He will be missed. Much love to the Rios family.

Gene Ramirez

July 27, 2020

So many memories. But one of my favorites is when I was about 12 years old. There was a poker party at our house. But I was getting some stuff ready for a scout overnight and had a plastic canteen that I couldn't get the lid off and handed it to dad. He tried and couldn't get it loose so he handed to Uncle David who also tried and couldn't get it loose and he handed to Uncle Frankie who gripped it tightly, grunted, and looked like he was spinning the top off. I thought dad's and David's eyes were going to pop out. He quickly handed the canteen to me and as I started to walk away I found it was still stuck and looked back at him and he laughed uproarously. He had punked us all. I had to get a pair of pliers.

Rebecca Harris

July 27, 2020

Grandpa Rios is an amazing man and I am absolutely blessed to have gotten to spend my entire childhood very close to him. When I think back to my childhood there are very few memories that don't include Grandma and Grandpa Rios' house... A wonderful man that will be dearly missed

Jennifer Moss

July 25, 2020

A wonderful man who lived a wonderful life of love for his family. He will be missed tremendously.

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