Noel David Rios

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NOEL DAVID G. RIOS Noel David G. Rios passed into Heaven from his hometown of New Braunfels, TX on December 15, 2013. Noel is preceded in death by his father, Noel H. Rios and mother, Otilia G. Ybarra, and by his father-in-law, David Maldonado, Sr. An adoring husband and loving father and grandfather, Noel is survived by his wife of 43-years, Emma Maldonado Rios; mother-in-law, Anita Maldonado; step-mother, Rebecca A. Rios; son, Eric Michael Martinez; daughter, Nancy Rios-Avila and husband, Juan Antonio Avila, Jr.; grandchildren, Juan Antonio Avila, III "Buddy" and Mia Emma Noelle Avila; brothers, Robert Ybarra and wife, Terry, Richard Ybarra and wife, Norma, John Ybarra and wife, Gracie, Joaquin Rios and wife, Hope; sister, Enedina Rodriguez and husband, Jorge. In addition, Noel is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Noel honorably served our country in the United States Marine Corp, where he served two tours as an infantry man in the jungles of the Republic of Vietnam. He received the following medals: Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnamese Service Medal with 5*; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 device (Vietnam) and the Rifle Expert Badge. Noel later retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2009. Noel was a generous and honorable man, devoting his retirement years to his wife, mother-in-law, grandchildren and his pets, Lolita, Paco, Diego and D.D. Noel was one of a kind; his sense of humor and heart of gold will never be forgotten. He will truly be missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him. We love you, Papaw. A family gathering with friends will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Lux Funeral Home Chapel, with a prayer service scheduled for 7:00 pm. A procession will leave Lux Funeral Home at 8:15 am on Friday, December 20, 2013 for a 9:00 am graveside service with military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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  1. I have faith in a resurrection. I will see him again. (Job 14:13-15) O that in Sheol you would conceal me, That you would keep me secret until your anger turns back, That you would set a time limit for me and remember me! If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, Until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.

  2. sorry to hear about ur loss our condolences from manuel.n. janie alvarez, brother to rebecca rios alvarez,r.i.p.

  3. My brother, We will miss you dearly, you were our hero during a time when we needed one. You were a devoted husband and great father. Heaven has welcomed you and you are resting beside your mom and dad now. I know you will continue to watch over us. Miss you carnal God will bless your family. Your brother John

  4. We’ll miss you uncle. All of my memories of you are fun ones with you making everybody laugh. I would like to thank you for protecting our country and watching over my father. He loves you, we all love you.

  5. Noel, you were like a second father to me growing up. At a time when my parents divorced and I felt I belonged nowhere, you and your family took me into your home and gave me a place to live during a very difficult point in my life. Your unforgettable sense of humor, your generosity and your love for a kid who wasn’t even your blood was a gift I will never forget. Thank you for all you did for me. I am so blessed to have had you in my life for the time I knew you. I will always cherish your memory and look after Nancy, my sister, in your honor. May God hold your family in his mighty, loving hands through this difficult time. God bless you and until I see you again, I love you always…

  6. To my dear uncle Noel who was monumental in our family. Thank you for being in our lives and our childhood memories. You always reminded me of good summer family times and always made me laugh. I will miss your laughs and your silly jokes and you will always be in our hearts.

  7. Emma, I was very sorry to find out from a church member that Noel has gone to be with the Lord. I am praying for you and he family. I know that you will draw strength from the Lord as He ministers to you and the family through the power of the Holy Spirit. Your faith is in Him; and I know He will watch over you and your family. Be assured that my thoughts and prayers are with you. My love to you all as well as with Anita. Blessings,

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