Eli Hrnyak, age 87, of Glenwood, Illinois passed away on December 16, 2021. He was born on August 1, 1934, in Karadjordjevo, Yugoslavia to the late Stanko and Jelena (Ratkovic) Hrnyak. Eli came to the United States at the age of 22, served in the U.S. Army, and proudly became a U.S. citizen. Eli earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Chicago Tech and achieved the title of Professional Engineer (PE). He worked for U.S. Steel and was a devout member of the Eastern Orthodox Church and a dedicated member of the Amvets Post #268. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Amvets at amvets.org.
Eli was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy (Riddle). Eli is survived by his two sons, Mark Hrnyak of Glenwood, and Nick (Stephanie) Hrnyak of Grand Rapids, MI; four grandchildren, Mitchel, Vincent, Sydney, and Rylee Hrnyak, of Grand Rapids, MI. He is also preceded in death by his sister, Dragica (Hrnyak) and brother Milan Hrnyak of Serbia.
Visitation will be 2 – 7 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, with a brief 6 pm memorial service officiated by Father Raymond E. Sundland of St. Michael Orthodox Church at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Rd.), Chicago Heights, IL 60411. A private burial service with military honors will be performed at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL on December 30, 2021, at 12:00 pm. For more information: (708) 754-0016