A man killed in a crash Saturday night is remembered as a family man who could light up a room.
Oscar Deleon, 29, of Lorain, died after another vehicle struck his car head-on on state Route 82 in Eaton Township. The other driver, who is suspected of being under the influence, also was killed, and a couple in a third vehicle were injured.
In a statement from his family, his cousin Rita Castro writes that Deleon leaves behind two daughters, Aria, 3, and Mia, 2, and a fiancee, Hilary Klinger.
“He really would light up when he would talk about his daughters,” she wrote.
After talking to his fiancee, Castro shared that Klinger said Deleon was loved by everyone, and always there to help someone “even if they didn’t want him to.”
“He was full of life; he was an amazing father to his girls,” Klinger said. “I remember the pure joy in his eyes when I told him he was going to be a father. He was my best friend, my other half, the missing piece to my puzzle.”
Castro said Deleon loved cooking, and there was a longstanding competition between him and Castro’s younger brother Michael as to who the better family cook was.
“He had the biggest heart; he would give you the shirt off of his back,” Castro wrote. “He was fun and loving; I mean this list could literally go on forever. All you really need to do is look at that picture above, it was that smile and that laugh that could change your whole day.”
A GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral expenses has been set up.
By Tuesday evening, the fundraiser had raised more than $5,400 of its $6,000 goal.