February 3, 1939 ~ March 15, 2003
MERIDEN - Oliver Arthur Rioux, 64, died Sat., March 15, 2003 at MidState Medical Center. He was the husband of Virginia Rae Rioux. Born in Meriden Feb. 3, 1939, he was the son of the late Theophile and Roseanna Gilbert Rioux. He was employed as a tool and die maker at Meriden Rolling Mill and was a member of the National Rifle Association and a certified firearms instructor. Mr. Rioux was a bonded certified and registered locksmith, a range instructor and honorary lifetime member of the Silver City Gun Club, a former member of the Southington Sportsman's Association, a karate instructor in Middletown and Sho Dan black belt. His lifetime hobbies were drag racing and fishing. Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lori Luschenat and Lisa Kroeber; two stepchildren, John Stagni and Lisa Russo; four grandchildren, Monique Vlisides, Melissa Luschenat, Michael Luschenat and Laurel Kroeber; several step-grandchildren; two brothers, Roland Rioux and Noel Rioux; and six sisters, Theresa Fazzina, Carmel Williams, Claire Cosker, Yvonne Snow, Rita Maskell and Diane Tuller. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ferdinand Rioux and Antoine Rioux and a sister, Margaret Moore. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.