John "Rafe" Raphael Dale

John "Rafe" Raphael Dale, 70, of Hartford, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

Rafe was born on March 26, 1939, in Missouri. He lived and worked in Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia and then moved to Wisconsin. Growing up, Rafe attended 14 different schools. He enjoyed traveling, shopping, going to the mall and he loved gadgets. He also loved to go out to eat. Rafe was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Rafe is survived by his wife, Leslie of Neosho; his daughters, Brittany (Bill) Nigh of West Bend and Heather (Lyle) Degeler of Neosho; two grandchildren, Andrew and Victoria; and his brother, Russell Dale of Texas.

Rafe was preceded in deathy by his parents, Arthur and Gloria (nee Weeks) Dale.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 112 Church St., Hartford, with the Rev. Michael Gordon officiating. Family will greet family and friends on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, on Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m.

Memorials to the First Baptist Church in Hartford or the Washington County Humane Society are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family