Leonel Rios III
1978 - 2020
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Leonel Rios, III

Corpus Christi - On December 20, 2020, the Lord called Leonel "Leo" Rios III home, a loving son, brother, uncle, and loyal friend to many. Leo passed away at the age of 42. He was born on November 10, 1978, to Leonel (Jr.) and Mary Helen Rios (Perez) in Corpus Christi, Texas. To family, he was affectionately known as "Baby Leo" and to his friends the "Legend".

Leo attended and graduated from Mary Carroll High School in 1997. After graduation, Leo immersed himself in selling Residential and Commercial Real Estate for over 20 years. Leo loved helping people and was passionate about what he did for a living.

Leo's love of helping others inspired him to volunteer and serve on many boards, including; Bucaraders, Buc Days Rodeo, Halo Flight, Corpus Christi Transportation Advisory Commission and Leadership Corpus Christi (Graduate). In addition to board service, Leo volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at countless cook-offs. Usually for the Builders Association, Realtor Association, Buc Days, or Halo Flight. One thing you could always count on no matter who Leo cooked with is that he was always the first one there and the last to leave.

When Leo wasn't busy selling real estate, or volunteering, he spent time outdoors as he was an avid outdoorsman. Like a true and proud Texan, Leo cherished ranching, hunting, fishing, and barbecuing in South Texas with friends and family. Leo relished in telling stories, jokes, and reminiscing about a great hunt.

Leo will be remembered as an incredible son, brother, uncle, and a great friend who always had a smile on his face, loving life, and in constant service to others. We will miss him "all day, every day" and are thankful for the time he spent with us.

Leo was predeceased by Frank and Dora Perez. Left to cherish his memories are his parents Leonel (Jr.) and Mary Helen Rios (Perez), sister Amy (Hector) Elizondo and nephews Hector "Trey" Elizondo, III and Andrew Michael Elizondo. Grandparents Leonel (Sr.) and Margarita Rios and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM that same evening. A funeral mass will be celebrated and interment to follow for family members.

Having the distinguished honor to serve as honorary pallbearers are Matt Adler, Francisco Aguilar, Aaron Burkett, Andrew Jimenez, Logan Kirkpatrick, Christopher Lawrence, Javier Trevino, JJ Trevino, Brandon Vargas and Major Jeffrey Vickers.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Leo Rios Memorial Scholarship. https://www.gofundme.com/f/LeoRiosMemorialScholarship

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Published in Corpus-Christi Caller-Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2021.
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January 10, 2021
Leo and Mary’ Helen, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I pray that your “Baby” Leo R.I.P. I happened to come across your son’s obituary while I was looking you up on Facebook to send you a New Year’s card. The last address I have was when you lived in Kansas, I’m sure that was a long time ago. I hope you can reach out to me so we can reconnect. I just realized I didn’t mention who I am, I am JoAnne Morris Serna. My parents are friends of Leo’s parent from way back when. If you’d like to reach out, contact me at (830) 237-8026. Once again I’m so sorry for your loss.
Jo Anne Serna
January 7, 2021
Our most sincere Condolences and Prayers to the Parents and family of Leo Rios lll . May He Rest in Peace in Heaven with family members which have gone before him forever . God Bless his Parents and family during their sudden loss and our prayers and thoughts have been with them and will continue . God Bless All , Herkie & Bertha Garcia & family
Herkie/Bertha Garcia
January 5, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. From an friend from long ago
Mark Jaggard
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