LORAIN - U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob D. Prayzer, 26, of Lorain, passed away at his home unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Sgt. Prayzer was born in Elyria on June 15, 1987, the son of Kenneth S. Prayzer and Theresa M. (nee Tellier) Prayzer Howard. He was a graduate of Mountain Pointe High School in Arizona, where he played baseball on his high school team.
He was a member of the Agudath B'Nai Israel Temple in Lorain.
Following his enlistment in the Army National Guard, Sgt. Prayzer was deployed to Afghanistan. He earned the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the NATO Service Medal. He was extremely proud to be serving his country and of being a soldier.
Sgt. Prayzer is survived by his wife, Adrianna (nee Simpson); his son, Austin M. Prayzer; his mother and stepfather, Theresa M. and Jerome Howard of Lorain; his father and stepmother, Kenneth S. and Cynthia Prayzer of Chandler, Ariz.; sisters, Jennifer E. Prayzer and Natasha Howard, both of Lorain; brother, Darien Carreon of Lorain; grandfather, Raymond Tellier of Elyria; a loving niece, Hailey Jacobs; stepsisters, Brittani Ramirez and Alyssa Cowling; and many other uncles, aunts, great-uncles, great-aunts, family and friends.
Graveside services were held Thursday at the Salem Cemetery, Sheffield Township, with Cantor David Wolinsky officiating. Full military honors were provided by the U.S. Army Honorguard, American Legion Post 30, AmVets Post 451 with attendees from the American Jewish War Veterans, The Disable American Veterans and several other military organizations.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Program, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 in Sgt. Prayzer's memory.
The Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals handled the arrangements and online condolences may be left at www.boyercool.com.
Published in www.morningjournal.com from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2013