Noel David Rios
December 30, 1947 ~ December 15, 2013
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.