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“My condolences go out to the family and friends of Louis. I am so lucky to have met such a wonderful person! He was always so sweet to everyone and a...Read More »
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Louis Riojas, 86, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at the Alverno on July 24th, 2012. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27th, at the Church of the Open Door, Clinton, Iowa. A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26th, at the Church of the Open Door. Burial will take place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Lemke Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements.

Louis was born on July 19th, 1926 in McAllen, Texas, the son of Louis and Eutimia (Salas)Riojas. He graduated from McAllen High School, Texas. Louis served his Country for six years in the U.S. Army; a veteran of WWII and service in the Pacific theater. On July 24th, 1953 he married Christine Saenz in McAllen, Texas; just recently celebrating 59 years of marriage.

Louis was employed with Northwestern Steel, as a security guard and Union President. He retired from Northwestern Steel in 1992 after 20+ years. He was a member of the VFW and also a faithful member of the Church of the Open Door. Louis loved God, loved his family and was a beloved Husband, Father, Grand Father and Great Grand Father. He spent his last few years reading God's word and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed.

A special thank you to all of the nurses and the entire staff at the Alverno Nursing Home.

Louis is survived his wife Christine of Clinton; two daughters - Linda (John) Kugler of La Crosse, WI., Diana (Brian) McGrath of La Crosse, WI.; six sons - Steven (Sue) Riojas of Clinton, IA., David (Kelly) Riojas of Plainfield, IL., Richard (Becky) Riojas of Dixon, IL., Michael Riojas of Clinton, IA., Luis Riojas of Bettendorf, IA., Gabriel (Tamara) Riojas of Clinton, IA.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; one sister and one brother both in Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Memorials can be made to the family.

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