Joe Rios

Joe Henry Rios

Sunday, September 13th, 2020
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Joe H. Rios obituary
Joe Henry Rios Sr.(a.k.a. Dad & Papa)
82 years old
Died: September 21, 2020 in Bakersfield, Ca.
Son of Joe and Mary Rios. Joe(dad) was born November 22, 1937 in Kansas city, Kansas. My
dad started working in the fields in Fresno Ca from the age of 8 yrs old. He picked cotton,
grapes, peaches, chilies and etc. He graduated from Edison High School in 1956 with his
diploma. He started his military career his senior year of high school with the Navy Reserve and
ended in the Army after 8 years of service. During his military career he married Cinday and had 2
beautiful daughters Theresa and Annette and divorced a year later. On July 31,1964 dad married
Delores (mom). After dad's military career he began his 18 year career in Fresno with the State
of California Department of Motor Vehicle. He retired as manager of the Taft, California branch.
Dad then started a career with Mobile Oil Company when he retired after 15 years of service in
1996. During his time of working for Mobile, he and mom opened a Mexican restaurant called
"El Sombrero". But having the restaurant and young children my parents decided to close the
profitable business to make life less busy.
This part is had to write cause my dad was very humble and wouldn't talk about himself even
when you asked. We attended church every Sunday at St. Mary's Church in Taft. My parents were
always involved with church functions and volunteering. Dad was very athletic, played lots of
sports on different teams and leagues as a youth and adult. He bowled, dance, swam, golfed,
played basketball, softball and baseball. He even played a baseball tournament on his wedding
day to mom. 😁 He was in the Indian Guide, a member of the Kiwanis and Loyal Order of the
Moose Lodge. He enjoyed taking trips with mom to Laughlin Nevada to hit the slot machines.
They would sometimes take their granddaughters Arianna and Jasmine. Dad enjoyed watching
Golf and Football on television. Kansas City Chiefs was his team and he was excited that they
won the Super Bowl last year.
Joe(dad) is survived by his wife Delores Rios(mom), siblings: Linda and Ray, children: Theresa,
Annette, Richard, Robin(me), and Joe Jr, numerous grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers and
sisters in law, cousins and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Mary Rios, father and mother in law: Joe and
Jessie Aguilar, siblings: Bobby, Carlos, Mike and Helen, daughter: Renee Rios, grandchildren:
Josh and Christina.
Services will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 from 4pm to 8pm in the chapel at
Greenlawn Memorial Park located at 3700 River Blvd, Bakersfield, Ca. 93305. Masks are
Flowers may be delivered to Greenlawn Memorial Park on September 21, 2020.
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    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 4:00pm - 2:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home - Northeast
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Jasmine Williams

Posted at 05:27pm
Joe H Rios. He wasn’t just my grandpa. He was my so much more than that. I made sure all of my most important life memories, he shared with me. He took care of me in diapers, and helped me grow as a person. He was one of my rocks holding me up and honestly he was the toughest. I loved him like a father. He was everything to me. I will always love and cherish the memories I’ve had with him. I remember one time he tore down and old fence in the backyard but I didn’t realize he tore it down since I was only around 9 or 10. So when he went inside I pulled out his tools and rebuilt it. I was pretty proud of myself so I ran inside to tell him to come see it. He came out and I remember his face and his little sigh he always did. Like he was upset but he also wasn’t. He said “Oh Jasmine” and went inside. He still left it up, and it’s still there today.
He yelled at me when I rammed his car in the garage a few weeks after getting my permit. I still think it was funny.
He taught me to do things right the first time, so I don’t have to do it again. He taught me how to respect others.
I also learned things from him he necessarily didn’t mean to teach me, like patience, what it’s like to have a father, how to have care, and unfortunately, that everyone will eventually pass away.
I’m not here to be sad today. I’m here to thank him for everything. There’s things I wish I said to him before he went up to heaven, but I never had the chance to. Things like I was inspired by him, I looked up to him, I wanted him to be proud of me, I wanted to take care of him, to give back all that he’s done for me, I wanted him to live a happy life and know that I would be there for him. He was my motivation when I felt I couldn’t carry on. He motivated me to keep going.
You still do, I love you Papa. I will always look up to you, especially now since you’re looking down over me. Rest in Paradise Papa. Remember save some jokes for when I get up there, I know you didn’t tell us all of them.

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