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In Loving Memory of

John Rios

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January 23, 1972
August 20, 2021

John W. Rios, AKA Tonto, 49

Nevada Native Son, Moapa Band of Paiutes Member, was born January 23 1972 to Deborah Love, adopted by Cynthia and John Rios, and raised by Cynthia and Arturo Ochoa, whom John chose to be his step-father.

John passed away on August 20, 2021 in the Henderson Hospsital after his 2 week battle with COVID and, in the end, succumbed to cardiac arrest.

John graduated from Eldorado Highschool in 1990 and eventually went to work at the Imperial Palace showroom. He was a jack of all trades and was the stage manager of the Linq Showroom at the time of his death. He was was a San Francisco 49ners and Giants fan, Loved the Dumont Dunes, gold, Native American Powwows, and riding his Indian Motorcycle.

He was loved by all who came into contact with him for his smiles, laughter, positive attitude and energy, and willingness to help any and all. He will be truly missed by those who knew him and were fortunate to cross his path.

John was an awesome, loving father to Cannon Rios, 24, and Colt Rios, 21. John is survived by his girlfriend: Kali Miller, ex-wife: Mishelle Rios, step-mother: Marie Hibbert, sisters: DeAnne Aston Valdez (Dave), Victoria Rios, Candace Huff (Jon),  Jessica Ochoa (Larry), Tanisha Tom, Darilyn Dearmore. Brothers: Joel Rios, Arthur Ochoa (Carie), Charles Bradley, and Shalin Tom. Cousins: Elena Carroll, Theresa Pepper ( Eric), Eric Breer (Dana), Sherry Wilson (Russ), McKenzie Breer, Megan Breer, Madeline Breer, Melinda Breer, Brock Breer, CeCe Lopez, Reyes Rios (Laura), Sammy Rios (Marie), Joe Rios (Rushanda), Ruben Rios (Connie), Velin Rios, Tommy Rios, Delbert John, Conrad Charles, Steven Mike.

He is preceded in death by his brothers: Richard Rios (Sami) and Jason Tom, and his niece Alexis Martinez.

John is survived also by his Aunts: Cathy Donovan (David), Jennifer Samson, Lydia Rodriquez. Uncles: Steve Breer (Annie), Ray Breer (Annette), Bill Breer (Michelle), Bill Rios. Nieces: Crystal Leonard (Kevin), Savanna Carroll, Frances Hartzell, Abby Hartzell, Halie Lanuto, Piper Sellinger, Celeste Sellinger, Ella Rios, Sierra Reel, Dakotah Tom, Mariah Martinez. Nephews: Evan Ochoa, Cole Ochoa, Stephen Hartzell, Michael Gargano, Rico, Gonzalez, Austin Breer, Joshua Breer, Ian Rios,  Jackson Bradley, Holden Huff, Jude Huff, Ivan Reel, Gina Carroll, Mason Martinez, Connor Martinez, Lincoln Martinez, Jared Martinez, and Jenson Martinez. Great Nieces and Nephews: Emily Leonard, Nicholas Aston, Nathan Leonard, Copper Sanches, and Adrian Lomeli.

I sincerely apologize to anyone that I missed adding your name.

John’s services will be held on September 10, 2021 10:00-12:00 at the Meet Even Center, 233 S. 4th Street with a Celebration of Life Gathering at Sunset Park -Gingko area, entrance to the parking lot off Eastern Avenue. Look for the Jack Daniels blow up bottle.

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  1. Although I’m sad to say I didn’t get closer to John as life quickly reminds us that nothing is forever. I Do know that John was kind, he was beautiful inside and out and i respected and loved him and im sorry I did not tell him. I speak to him now and know he hearing.

    He came into my brother Arturo’s life as a gift, just like his other brothers and sisters. He joined our family with the biggest heart and love for all. To me he was a nephew. I wish I could have told him I loved him in person, but I tell him that now. I loved you John and will love you forever. You touched my life and I will see you again. The line will be long but I will be there.

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