Erasmo Elias Jr., age 45 of Defiance, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at ProMedica Defiance Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born on December 10, 1976 to Erasmo and Virginia (Salinas) Elias in Defiance, Ohio. On May 1, 1999 he married his high school sweetheart Melissa (Martinez) Elias, who survives. Erasmo worked at Johns Manville for 23 years. He enjoyed working on old cars, and was a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He treasured his time spent with his family, and especially with his four-legged baby "AJ". He loved spoiling and taking care of his daughters Isabel and Alena.
Erasmo is survived by his loving wife, Melissa Elias of Defiance, his mother, Virginia Elias of Defiance, two daughters; Isabel (Peter) Flores and Alena Elias, all of Defiance, two brothers; Kellis Hatton of Defiance and Cornelio (Victoria) Elias of Woodbridge, VA, and four sisters; Lisa Hatton and Louise Hatton, both of Defiance, Emma (Roddy) Charro of Rockford, IL, and Christina (John) Wall of Defiance.
He was preceded in death by his father, Erasmo Elias Sr., and his brother, Eliseo Elias.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home South, Lawson/Roessner Chapel (1753 S. Clinton St.) in Defiance. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11:00 am at Schaffer Funeral Home South, with Pastor Vincent Cantu officiating.
Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.