OBITUARIO

Merlin Alexander Quiles

11 julio , 198512 abril , 2015
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Staff Sergeant Merlin Alexander Quiles, 29, died April 12, 2015 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born, July 11, 1985, Houston, the son of Jose and Darline Quiles.

He attended Cypress-Falls High School in Houston, Texas and in 2003, enlisted into the United States Army. SSG Quiles served 8 years as an Army Combat Engineer and was medically retired in 2011 due to injuries sustained during combat operations. Merlin served in three combat deployments to Afghanistan during which he earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Combat Action Badge. During his enlistment, he also earned the coveted Army Ranger and Sapper tabs, the Air Assault badge, and many other awards. Upon returning home to Houston, Texas, he attended Lone Star College where he completed his Associates. He then transferred to University of Houston in pursuit of his Bachelors of Science in Business Entrepreneurship.

Merlin wanted to dedicate his life to helping troubled veterans and leading them in the right direction. He spent much of his free time volunteering with various combat veterans’ organizations, such as Wounded Warrior Project and University of Houston Veterans. He also committed countless hours to mentoring young service members making the tough transition from military to civilian life. In addition to military focused organizations, Merlin often dedicated his time to volunteering for organizations like the Special Olympics. He was constantly giving back to the community and truly showed that one person could make a huge impact.

He was an avid lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed surfing, wake-boarding, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing, and participating in “mud run” obstacle courses. Merlin never met a stranger and was known for helping anyone he came in contact with. He was extremely close to his family.

Merlin will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He was the kind of young man that anyone would be proud to call son, brother, and friend.

His funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at11:00 a.m. at American Heritage Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. Rev. Don Kidd will, officiate the services. Viewing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015.

Merlin is survived by his parents Darline and Jose Quiles, sisters Misty and Felicia, brother Gabriel, nieces Charisma and Victoria, and nephew Giovanni. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Servicios

  • Visitation

    lunes, 20 abril , 2015

  • Funeral Service

    martes, 21 abril , 2015

  • Interment

    martes, 21 abril , 2015

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23 marzo , 2016

Merlin's smile and heart could light up any room. Still, with almost a year gone, I can hear that amazing laugh and know his memories will be carried on through his family, and many friends. We miss you every day, Merlin, and I am so lucky to have known you during your short time with us. Rest in Peace <3

Michael Gillespie

13 mayo , 2015

Rest in peace my friend just was thinking about you and the time we had together while I was in!

Jim "Duck" Lavender

21 abril , 2015

Rest in peace Brother. Your mission is complete. We have the watch until we meet on the other side. God Bless.

Ski & Sue Grumboski

20 abril , 2015

We will miss you my friend. We thank you for serving out country proud. You were a natural born leader and will be missed.

Travis hodsdon

20 abril , 2015

One the best NCOs I've ever had the privilege to work for. Until we meet again brother. See you in Valhalla.

Jesse&Selma Vazquez

20 abril , 2015

Rest in paradise Merlin. Our prayers to Jose,Darlene,Misty,Gabriel,Felicia and the rest of family and friends.God bless all of you and may he give you all the strength to continue living life to the fullest as he would have wanted you to.

Beth Durham-Gillett

20 abril , 2015

A brave Soldier who served courageously for our freedom. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Blue Star Mothers of America - Houston Texas Chapter

SFC Banessa Cepeda-Martinez

19 abril , 2015

José y Darlene ,
Espero que usted encuentre consuelo en el recuerdo de su bebé en los próximos años. Estamos tan triste para su pérdida , nuestro más sentido pésame para ustes y su familia .

18 abril , 2015

To my Family The Quiles,we all feel the pain you all going thur.Us the Gracia family we are sending our deepest condolences..

Pat Espinosa

18 abril , 2015

May you rest in peace. You will be missed by many.

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