NATICK – U.S. Army Private First Class Roman Centeno Jr., 21, died on October 10, 2018.
He was a U.S. Army Solider based in Natick.
He was born on June 11, 1997 in Chicago, IL to Roman and Esther Centeno.
He graduated from Zapata Academy in 2011 and Little Village Lawndale High School in 2016.
He then enlisted in the Army as a medical logistics specialist. He completed basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and previously served with the 563rd Medical Logistics Company at Camp Carroll, Republic Korea before arriving at USARIEM in Natick, Massachusetts, in January of this year.
His awards include: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.
He was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into the jersey barriers on Oct. 10 near 1080 Worcester Road. He was was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Roman had a great attitude, he was always full of joy and smiles. He had a passion for playing video games with family and friends. He loved sports, he tried and excelled at everything he played including: soccer, wrestling, and baseball. He had a fantastic way to make everyone laugh and spread happiness to those around him. His family and friends will remember him as kind, resilient, funny, and determined. He will forever live within our hearts.
He is survived by his mother and father, Esther Ortiz and Roman Centeno Sr. and two brothers, Rafael and Giovani Centeno.
Services and visiting hours are in Chicago, Illinois starting Saturday, October 20.
They will be held at the Wolniak Funeral Home, at 5700 S. Pulaski Rd. Chicago, Illinois 60629 on Saturday October 20 and October 21 from 2 to 9 p.m.
The Funeral Service for the Private First Class is scheduled for Monday, October 22 at 10 a.m. at the Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois at 1 p.m.