Caleb Nathaniel Rios

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January 31, 1993 - October 17, 2019
Born in Tulsa, OK
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

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Caleb Nathaniel Rios of O’Fallon, MO, passed away at the age of 26 on Thursday, October 17, 2019. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Evan Thebeau and John Carey.

Caleb is survived by his wife, Lisa Rios; his daughter, Juliana Rios; his parents, Eric and Shelly Rios; his mother, Sheri Emery; his siblings, Samuel Rios, Joshua Rios, Faith Rios, Hailey Bouxsein, Hannah Bouxsein, Amber Boeckman, Emily (Austin) Lewis, Ashley Verdugo, and Peighton Verdugo; his nephews, Brody and Grayson Rios; his grandmothers, Brenda Corbett, Tarri Carey, and Maxine Bolton; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives. And to all of his brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces, “Til Valhalla.”

Caleb served six years in the US Army as a member of 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment and then went on to serve as an Active Reservist. He graduated from Fort Zumwalt West in 2011 and had many hobbies he was passionate about – Caleb loved gaming, fishing, going to the movies, and was a firearms enthusiast. He was a loving father and will be dearly missed.

Contributions made in Caleb’s name may be made to Mission 22.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Carol Marshall (cousin) October 21, 2019 at 10:26 am - Reply

    candle 1RIP Sir, we salute you 💔🇺🇲

  2. Rebecca Adams October 21, 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    candle 3Prayers for all of you. From our house to yours.

  3. Cheryl Refsland October 21, 2019 at 10:32 am - Reply

    candle 1Rest in Gods Arms Caleb

  4. Shawn C October 21, 2019 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I hope your pain is gone Caleb. Say hello to my Dad.

    • Tina Huml October 23, 2019 at 6:18 am - Reply

      candle 8No fair words where spoken, no time to say good bye, he was gone before we knew it and only GOD knows why.
      All my love to the Rios family and friends.
      My heart is so heavy for you all…

    • Joyce October 23, 2019 at 4:48 pm - Reply

      candle 1Thoughts and prayers are with family. Caleb, thank you for serving🙏🇺🇸

    • Saint Louis, Missouri October 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      candle 8Thank you for your service.
      May you now rest in peace.
      Rest safely in the living arms of
      God. 💙🙏💙

  5. Rich and Diana Bathon October 21, 2019 at 10:50 am - Reply

    candle 8You’re resting in the arms of Jesus Caleb.

  6. Patricia Conger October 21, 2019 at 10:52 am - Reply

    candle 8I’m so sorry for the pain caused by your service to our country. We are all indebted to you Caleb.

  7. Lesley Hendricks October 21, 2019 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I am so so sorry. Hugs. ♥️

    • Billie hill October 23, 2019 at 8:43 am - Reply

      candle 7So sorry for your loss

  8. tim burke October 21, 2019 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Did not know Caleb, but he served with the 27th infantry Wolfhounds, which by proxy makes him a brother to me, as I also served with the Wolfhounds. Rest Easy Brother, thank you for your service. thoughts and prayers to your family in this time of mourning. And know, that Calebs passing is honored amongst those he served with, and soldiers before and after him! God Bless.

    • Natalie October 21, 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

      candle 8Much respect

  9. Rita smith October 21, 2019 at 10:57 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss, prayers

  10. Sue Jones October 21, 2019 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Caleb, thank you for your service. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers for your family’s broken hearts.

  11. Cheryl Crocfer October 21, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    My deepest condolences to all the family. Thank you for your service Caleb. RIP

  12. Keeney October 21, 2019 at 11:03 am - Reply

    candle 6Caleb was by far one of the funniest dudes I knew. If anyone was having a rough day, he was definitely the one to raise their spirits. I’ll miss him greatly

  13. Charlene Smith October 21, 2019 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I did not know Caleb but followed the search post on Facebook and prayed for his safe return.I pray God wraps you and your family in His loving arms and comforts you as only He can as you grieve the loss of your dear loved one.

  14. Jacki French October 21, 2019 at 11:15 am - Reply

    candle 8I did not know Caleb or your family but followed and shared your search for him on social media. My heart aches for you. I’m so sorry for your loss and the suffering Caleb endured.

    • Breanne Rivera October 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      candle 1Love yuh Rios ❤️ Thanks for being the best ever. So glad we met. I can’t wait to tell my baby girl all about you.

  15. Tonya Grosskreuz October 21, 2019 at 11:16 am - Reply

    May God bring you peace. Prayers for the family. My heart hurts for your loss.

  16. Terri Crim October 21, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    candle 3So sorry for your loss, I can’t imagine the pain you are in. Please know you are in my continued prayers.

  17. Linda Kroeger October 21, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    So sorry for the pain You were in Caleb, now your at Peace. Depression is an awful disease. May God help all your Loved ones you left behind. Thank u for service. Our Prayers are with u all. The Kroeger Family Mike Linda Shaun Krystal Timothy Olivia Noah Seiffert. Our Hearts are broken also. 💙🙏 RIP Caleb

  18. Teresa Wisdom October 21, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    candle 8Thank you for your service Caleb…may you rest in peace. Prayers and hugs to your family during this difficult time.

  19. Cindy Remmers October 21, 2019 at 11:29 am - Reply

    candle 1My heart goes out to you….You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers…

  20. Sheila Soto October 21, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    candle 6I never got to meet U but am so saddened U were on this earth for only 26 yrs! An Army Hero , Never Forgotten Caleb! May U Find Peace now , & heal in God’s Arms! U R Missed! Sheila Soto San Antonio, Tx

    • Matt Resor October 22, 2019 at 9:51 am - Reply

      candle 6Until we Regroup Brother Rest Easy. “WolfHounds, No Fear On Earth!”

  21. Ellen Reid October 21, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    candle 2Rip

  22. Lauren Mick October 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Caleb. May you find peace in his memories! Sending love, light and prayers.

  23. Charlotte Woerheide October 21, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    candle 8Condolences to the Rios family.

  24. Darian grimes October 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    candle 6RIP Caleb, prayers for all family and friends

  25. Dorothea Hatcher October 21, 2019 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    candle 7My Condolences and Prayers to the Family and Friends. Thank You, Caleb, for your Service and Ultimate Sacrifice 🙏🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸🙏

  26. Donna & Mike Bisesi October 21, 2019 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    candle 8Thank you for your service Caleb. May you Rest In Peace. Prayers for the Rios family

  27. Jay Salsman October 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    candle 3Thank you Foyt your service! My thoughts, prayer and sympathy go out to your family!

  28. Donna Koch October 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss.

    • Cody Parsons October 21, 2019 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      candle 3I served with Caleb in Hawaii. He was in a different platoon than myself. But he was great guy to be around. Always crackin jokes makin people laugh. Its never easy losing a brother. But losing Caleb hits even harder. My prayers go out to his family and friends. Rest easy now brother.
      Til Valhalla Caleb

  29. Shirley Meyer October 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    RIP, THANK you for you service, May the Lord comfort your family and loves ones

  30. Dionne May October 21, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    candle 1Dear Caleb, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, particularly your daughter and your parents xxx.
    I hope your darkness has lifted and you can see the love that lights the way.

  31. Derek & Amy Davis October 21, 2019 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    candle 6Our hearts are heavy with grief. There are no words to express losing such an amazing young man. You will be greatly missed. Rest easy now soldier. Love and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  32. Charli October 21, 2019 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    May his memory be a blessing to you.

  33. Marilyn and Lew Willis October 21, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    candle 1We are so saddened to know you suffered so much. God bless and comfort you as only He can.

  34. Michelle Hamilton October 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    candle 1May God bring Caleb and his loved ones peace.

  35. Karen Vach October 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    candle 1To Caleb’s family – I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that God give you peace and comfort at this time. He is no longer in pain and he’s resting in God’s arms.

  36. Jenny bardgett October 21, 2019 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    candle 1Praying for your family throgh this grieving they are all going threw everyday .You were loved by so many,gone so young,wish i had met you,thanks for your service,may you be at peace

  37. Marilyn and Lew Willis October 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    candle 1Thank you for your service. I am so sad that you suffered so much. May God wrap his arms around you and bring the happiness you deserve.

  38. Greg Hendricks October 21, 2019 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Rejoice in the eternal peace that you now have my fellow brother in arms and cousin. You’re in God’s Army now and what a glorious Army it is troop! We’ll all soon be together on the GOLDEN battlefield of our supreme leader. Much love to all the family and friends that have saluted you’re crossing over. OOAH forever. 🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Savannah October 21, 2019 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      candle 7You were a good guy. I miss seeing you in school and I cant believe things turned out this way, but I hope you rest in peace.

  39. Jennifer Melland October 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    candle 7R.I.H you will always be remembered in my home for every time I look into my neices eyes I will see a little part of you in her. May you rest easy now flying though the sky with your beautiful wings.

  40. Erin Manning October 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. 💔

    • John Schmidt October 23, 2019 at 1:46 am - Reply

      I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to the family and friends of Caleb. Caleb, thank you for your service. Rest in peace

  41. Jennifer October 21, 2019 at 2:28 pm - Reply


    If tomorrow starts without me and I’m not there to see,

    If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me,

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,

    While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,

    And each time that you think of me, I know that you’ll miss me too.

    But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,

    That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand.

    And said my place was ready, in heaven far above,

    And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

    But as I turned to walk away a tear fell from my eye,

    For all my life I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.

    I had so much to live for, so much left to do,

    It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,

    I thought of all we shared and all the fun we had.

    If I could relive yesterday, just even for a while,

    I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

    So, when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,

    For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

  42. Houston Rios October 21, 2019 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    candle 8Rest well. My nephew, rest well. I love you ( Porky )

  43. Melinda Kurtz October 21, 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    candle 2Thank you for your service Caleb. Peace to you and prayers of comfort to your family and Friends. ‘Til Valhalla.

  44. Momsie - Tarri Carey October 21, 2019 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    candle 7A thousabd words or deeds won’t bring you back. – You are now soaring with the angels, with Papa & other family members that have gone before us. You will always remain alive in our hearts & memories forever! Rest in peace dear Grandson.
    Love you,

  45. Kelsey Bayerl October 21, 2019 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    candle 3Caleb, May you Rest In Peace.
    Look over your family and friends. I am glad you’re not in pain anymore.

  46. Jerod Childs October 21, 2019 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    candle 3Still in shock. 💔 you will be missed by many and blessed that I got to serve with you. You were an amazing Soldier. Fight the good fight till we meet again brother. Till Valhalla

  47. Terry and Karen Goetting October 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Rios Family, We have no words adequately to express the sorrow we feel for what you are all going through. We love your family and you are precious to us. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. Caleb was a awesome teenager when we got to hang out with him and I’m sure he carried that into adulthood. May God give you peace, strength and comfort in the days to come.

  48. Sarah October 21, 2019 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    candle 6I was so sad to hear about Caleb’s passing. I’m sending prayers to the Rios family.

  49. Liam October 21, 2019 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    candle 6I will see you again one day in Valhalla brother

    • Peggy Cox October 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Thank You for your service. May you rest in peace. God bless your family

  50. Susan Woodside October 21, 2019 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    So many prayers for your aching hearts and so much love to you all .
    God bless,
    The Woodside Family

  51. Marilyn and Dave October 21, 2019 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    candle 6Soar with the angels Caleb, and may God wrap his arms around you. ❤️

  52. Andrew Parish October 21, 2019 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    candle 1I served with Caleb while I was stationed in Hawaii. He was a fantastic person to be around always had a smile or a joke to tell. Rest easy brother, until we meet again.

  53. Melissa Pharis October 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    candle 8Prayers for Caleb’s family.

  54. Callie Wright October 21, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    candle 4I never met Caleb, but any time I see anything come across my social media pages about missing persons, I always share and keep up to see if they’ve been found. This is a sad for many, and my condolences are not going to be enough. You fought a good fight, Caleb, as did your family. Rest easy now, Brother, your job is done. Til Valhal.

  55. Jacob October 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I served with Caleb in Egypt. I am grieved that his light is lost to us, but am glad for the memories that I have of him and how he enriched our lives. My prayers are with you and your family Caleb.

  56. John R Dobbs October 21, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Semper Fi you are at peace now.

  57. Tiffany October 21, 2019 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    All love and prayers for everyone during this heartbreak.

  58. Loreda &Eddy Clevenger October 21, 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    You will be missed so much. I wish you had realized how much you were loved, honored and respected. Prayers for all the family.

  59. Cameron Ranch (Kristy) October 21, 2019 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    candle 1May you find peace now Caleb, and know how much you were truly loved and will be missed……..

  60. Nancy (Crabtree) Smith October 22, 2019 at 12:14 am - Reply

    candle 6I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I was a classmate of Lisa’s. I can not fathom the loss of a child. I pray that you will find peace in the coming weeks, months, and years.

    “O Trinity of love and pow’r,
    Thy children shield in danger’s hour;
    From rock and tempest, fire, and foe,
    Protect them where-so-e’er they go;
    Thus, evermore shall rise to Thee
    Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.”

    -excerpt from The Naval Hymn

  61. Monica October 22, 2019 at 6:25 am - Reply

    candle 8My thoughts, prayers and love go out to everyone who loved this man. RIP Caleb

  62. April October 22, 2019 at 8:20 am - Reply

    candle 8I love you my nephew caleb . I miss you greatly watching you grow from a distance just got further . Until we meet again . Forever Aunt April.

  63. Steven & Beverly Coleman October 22, 2019 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    candle 1You will be missed

  64. Patrick and Sherry Moore October 22, 2019 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    candle 1I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

  65. Gilbert Carlos October 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    candle 8Rest easy and in peace warrior! God bless your soul and comfort your loved ones, especially mama

  66. Mike Emery October 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am utterly heartbroken. I will love you nephew forever. Please continue to protect us all.

    Love, Uncle Mike

  67. Joseph Ngigi October 22, 2019 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Heroes never die and so shall it be about you in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Caleb.

  68. Kyle October 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    candle 7Love you and going to miss you so much.

  69. Kelly Young October 23, 2019 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    candle 8Thank you for serving your country. Rest.

  70. Ronda westerfield October 23, 2019 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    candle 3No words…just love

  71. Linda October 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    candle 8Though gone much too soon, Caleb, you are in the presence of your Father God in heaven now. Rest in the loving arms of Jesus. Much respect and thanks for your service to our country. Prayers and condolences for Caleb’s family and friends. God be with you all. He will comfort you at this sad and difficult time. 🙏💕🙏

  72. Christie Edwards October 24, 2019 at 8:02 am - Reply

    candle 1It amazes me when a stranger can touch not just your life but the lives of many other. This Caleb you have done. My thoughts and prayers for Caleb’s family and his many friends. 🇺🇸Thank you Caleb for your service to our country🇺🇸. Go Rest High on that mountain 👐🏻❤️👐🏻.

  73. Sgt Candice J Ross October 24, 2019 at 10:27 am - Reply

    candle 7I didn’t k ow this young man, I was on Facebook and the story got my timeline… thank you to him for his service! Hooah soldier! Thank you to his family for supporting him as he served! Not to many of us can lay our lives down for this nation. I don’t know the circumstances of his death but want to thank him and his family for his selfless service! I lift the family in prayers! Gone but not forgotten brother.. HOOAH!! Sgt Candice J Ross!

  74. Jasmin October 25, 2019 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    candle 3I didn’t know Caleb, but was following closely from Australia and wishing for a positive outcome. Sympathy to all Caleb’s family and friends.

  75. Justin & Remona Quinn October 25, 2019 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    candle 1Caleb you are loved and you will be missed by so many friends. Prayers going up for your family and friends God please bring peace and comfort during this time of loss.

  76. Kimberly Hughes October 25, 2019 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    candle 8I didn’t know him but when a soldier passes, military families are one.
    My condolences and on behalf of my family to you and yours, prayers will be said to comfort you all.

  77. Randy Beatty October 26, 2019 at 8:49 am - Reply

    candle 6RIP Caleb Rios

  78. ANDREW M TESON October 26, 2019 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    candle 2I did not know you very well but still, Thank you Caleb for your services you provided for this country. You will be greatly missed by your family an friends. Rest in peace Caleb.

  79. Marl ( Massachusetts) October 26, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Calebs story made its way to my fb timeline in Massachusetts and dearly touched my heart.
    Was truly praying for a brighter outcome.
    His eyes told a story of a true angel that not many can. For reasons unknown, he touched so many lives, even those who never had the privilege of meeting him. I am genuinely sorry to Calebs family and friends. The world is a better place for those lives he touched. May his presence always remain and may God bless him. There are no words that will ever take the pain away from those that hurt. Know that Calebs legacy has made its way into so many strangers hearts and will not be forgotten. Thank you Caleb for not only your service to this country, but for being such a unique soul. Keep shining your light for those that need you.

  80. Shellie Cockerham October 27, 2019 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    candle 3Praying for your family, friends, and the hearts that you have touched along your journey. 🙏🏼🇺🇸

  81. Nikki October 28, 2019 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    candle 8Caleb, you were and are loved. I hope you find peace and the demons in your head are now silenced.

  82. Mike Emery November 11, 2019 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    candle 8Missing you! 🦋🇺🇸

  83. Lucytheena November 14, 2019 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    candle 6Rest in peace Caleb.

  84. Charity Schultz March 24, 2020 at 11:30 am - Reply

    candle 1You will live forever in our hearts..

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