Eliezer “Eli” Parrilla, 68, of North Olmsted, formerly of Lorain, died at Fairview Hospital, Fairview on Saturday, January 11, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Eli was born in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on October 10, 1945 and moved to Lorain as a child.
He was a 1964 graduate of Admiral King High School, Lorain and attended Lorain County Community College and later worked at the U.S. Postal Service, Harshaw Chemical, and Sheffield Lake Schools.
He served with the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Recipient. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and doing fun things with his children when they were young.
He is survived by his companion, Judy Hatfield of North Olmsted; son, Marco A. (fiancee, Vanessa Rodriguez) Parrilla; daughter, Carla E. (Christopher) Parrilla-Tiona of Arizona; grandchildren, Kevin A. Haught II, Micah L. Haught, Renee M. Parrilla, Carla I. Parrilla; former spouse, Norma Rosario-Carde of Arizona; brothers, Bro. Carlos Parrilla of Indiana, Jose Antonio (Muriel) Parrilla of Lorain; sister, Maria (Michael) Isabel Parrilla-Nolte of South Carolina; and three nieces and two nephews.
Eliezer was preceded in death by his parents, Timoteo Parrilla-Fuentes and Mercedes Parrilla-Quinones; and his brother, Juan Parrilla.
A private service was held Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 East 31st Street, South Lorain. Deacon Luis A. Maldonado of Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain officiated.
Contributions can be made in his honor to The Valor Home, Lorain, at Lorain National Bank.