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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5:00 - 7:30 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines


Thursday, May 18, 2017
11:00 am
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
3820 SW 9th St.
Des Moines


Burial with Military Honors
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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Elwood Rafdal

Elwood L. Rafdal, 94, passed away May 12, 2017 at The Lodge of Ashworth. Visitation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wed., May 17, 2017 at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th St. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thurs., May 18th at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 3820 SW 9th St. with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Elwood was born August 6, 1922 in Story City, IA to Hanna and Torger Rafdal. He proudly served his country during WWII as a Navy crew chief in a B24 bomber flying anti-sub patrols while stationed in Europe, Africa and Bermuda. He retired in 1984 from John Hancock Life Ins.

Elwood was a man who loved his family deeply and was loved in return by his many family members and friends. He was genuinely kind, caring and had a terrific sense of humor. He never met a stranger.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Doug (Jeanne), Dave (Marcia) and Pam (Jack) Wharton; grandchildren, Nicole (Brian), Eric (Kate), Jennifer (Kevin), Sara, Karen (Dan), Anna, Maria (Jordan), David and Kimberly; great-grandchildren, Bree, Brett, Lauren, Abigail and Donovan; and many nieces and nephews.

Elwood was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Beulah; daughters, Marla and Debbie; his parents; brothers, Alton, Albert, Don and Clarence; sisters, Margaret, Beatrice and Gladys.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where Elwood was a founding member.

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