Samuel L. “Sam” Rios, Sr., age 95 passed away Sunday, February 20, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Sam is survived: daughter, Rosemary Juarez; son, Manuel Rios; grandson, Robert Quijano, II; great grandson, Robert Michael Quijano, III; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by wife, Ofelia Rios; son, Samuel Rios, Jr.; parents: Juan and Maria Rios; sister: Amelia Reyna and Josephina Rios; and brothers: Juan Rios and Horacio Rios, Sr.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at FIFE FUNERAL HOME, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, IN. Prayer service with Father Carlos Sosa, A.I.C will be at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Texas.
Sam was the Patriarch of the Rios Family; he was born in Laredo, Texas and moved to East Chicago where he was a life-long resident. Sam was a United States Navy Veteran; retired from Inland Steel Company with 40 plus years of service; owner-operator of the El Charro Tavern in East Chicago for over 26 years; worked as a security guard at Atlas Guard Service for over 12 years; and worked for 23 years for Artisian Signs in Riverdale, IL. Member of the Inland Steel 25 Year Club and USWA Local #1010; and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in East Chicago. Sam was Godfather to numerous children; he loved his steak dinners and beer; he enjoyed socializing and being around family and friends. He loved dancing at weddings and quinceañeras. Sam was a very positive person, always in good spirits. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Memorial donations requested to the Family. To send an online condolence, please logon to: www.fifefuneralhome.com
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