LORAIN - Angel Velazquez, 82, died peacefully on September 16, 2013. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
He was born August 15, 1931 in Yauco, Puerto Rico and moved to Lorain, Ohio in 1954.
He was a Korean Army
Veteran serving in the 65th Infantry. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1990.
Angel was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer Church. He was a lifelong servant of God and loved sharing his faith with anyone he would meet. He was an ordained minister and devoted to the prison ministry in Lorain County. He graduated from the Spanish Eastern Bible Institute in 1980 and participated in numerous church conventions.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, cooking, and visiting flea markets. He loved to travel, especially to the Holy Land where he organized and led 8 tours.
Angel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cristina (nee Flores); daughters Ivette Rupert (Jose Pineiro), and Milly (Jose) Torres of Lorain; 5 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; along with brothers Jose, Milton, Israel, Raul, Hilberto, and Endy, and sisters Ana, Gladys, and Maria.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrudiz (nee Madera) and Angelino Velazquez Rivera, brothers Florentino, Ramon, Euripides, and Porfirio.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. at Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer Church, 3660 Globe Ave., Lorain where funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. Pastor William Rios will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst. Military honors will be conducted by the D.A.V. Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20.
Memorial contributions may be made to Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Ebenezer Church, 3660 Globe Ave, Lorain, OH 44055. Arrangements are being handled by Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home.