In loving memory of

Eli Josias Perez
July 5, 2001 - July 25, 2022

Eli Josias Perez, 21, passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on Monday, July 25, 2022, in Mexico. Eli was born on July 5, 2001, to Ernesto Perez and Foricel Clark, in Panuco, Veracruz, Mexico. He graduated from Blackford High School in 2019. He then worked for Five Star, Pretzels Inc. in Bluffton, and most recently, Dollar General Distribution in Marion. When Eli moved to Grant County, he started attending Bethel Worship Center in Grant County, where he made many lifelong friendships. Recently, he had been attending First Presbyterian Church in Hartford City. In high school, Eli excelled in sports. He loved playing soccer, ran track, wrestled, and was also a cheerleader. He also was very active in the JROTC program. Eli loved people and was a true leader. He enjoyed going on mission trips and helping bring communities together. He led a children's group during Heritage Days. He also helped communities clean up after devastating storms ravaged their cities.
Eli is survived by his parents, Ernesto (Leyda Garcia) Perez and Floricel (DeWayne) Clark; sister, Julia Perez; half-sister, Keren Perez; grandmother, Eusebia Escobar; uncles, Rosendo Aguilar and Carlos Ortiz; aunt, Rocio Aguilar; and cousin, Sebastian Ortiz. He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Rosendo Castillo.
Arrangements for Eli have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 259 North Main Street, Upland, Indiana, where a visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 117 West Franklin Street, Hartford City, Indiana, on Saturday, August 6, at 1:00 p.m., with Pastor Troy Kaufman officiating. There will also be a time of visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the service begins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses. Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.armeshuntfuneralhome.com.

Eli Josias Perez, de 21 años, falleció a causa de las lesiones sufridas en un accidente automovilístico el lunes 25 de julio de 2022 en México. Eli nació el 5 de julio de 2001, hijo de Ernesto Pérez y Foricel Clark, en Pánuco, Veracruz, México. Se graduó de Blackford High School en 2019. Luego trabajó para Five Star, Pretzels Inc. en Bluffton y, más recientemente, Dollar General Distribution en Marion. Cuando Eli se mudó al condado de Grant, comenzó a asistir al Bethel Worship Center en el condado de Grant, donde hizo muchas amistades para toda la vida. Recientemente, había estado asistiendo a la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana en la ciudad de Hartford. En la escuela secundaria, Eli se destacó en los deportes. Le encantaba jugar fútbol, ​​correr atletismo, luchar y también era porrista. También fue muy activo en el programa JROTC. Eli amaba a la gente y era un verdadero líder. Le gustaba ir a viajes misioneros y ayudar a unir a las comunidades. Dirigió un grupo de jovenes durante los Días del Patrimonio. También ayudó a las comunidades a limpiar después de que las tormentas devastadoras devastaran sus ciudades.
A Eli le sobreviven sus padres, Ernesto (Leyda García) Pérez y Floricel (DeWayne) Clark; hermana, Julia Pérez; media hermana, Keren Pérez; abuela, Eusebia Escobar; tíos, Rosendo Aguilar y Carlos Ortiz; tia Rocio Aguilar; y primo Sebastian Ortiz. También le sobreviven numerosos familiares y amigos.
Le precedieron en la muerte su abuelo, Rosendo Castillo.
Los arreglos para Eli se han confiado a Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 259 North Main Street, Upland, Indiana, donde se llevará a cabo una visita el viernes 5 de agosto, de 3:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Se llevará a cabo un funeral en la Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana, 117 West Franklin Street, Hartford City, Indiana, el sábado 6 de agosto a las 1:00 p. m., oficiando el pastor Troy Kaufman. También habrá un tiempo de visita desde las 11:00-1:00 horas hasta que comience el servicio.
En lugar de flores, se pueden hacer donaciones a la funeraria para ayudar con los gastos del funeral. Los recuerdos y las condolencias en línea se pueden compartir en www.armeshuntfuneralhome.com.

Tributes

Deborah Hundley wrote on Aug 5, 2022:

"Eli will be missed. His smile and grin would light up the room. Prayers for the family. Mrs. Deborah Hundley "

Cyndi Maples wrote on Aug 4, 2022:

"My heart is broken for the Perez family! My deepest sympathy, love and prayers. Cyndi Maples from Bethel"

Stephanie Watkins wrote on Aug 4, 2022:

"I?m so sorry for the loss of Eli. He was a bright and caring young man. He loved his family. Malachi told me of all the good things he has been doing. He will be missed by many! Praying for you all in your time of need!????"