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Colonel Gene Homer Rafanelli


1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Colonel Gene Homer Rafanelli Obituary
Rafanelli, Colonel Gene Homer
75, Cherished father, brother, and friend, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away May 22, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Cara Beardmore (Dan), brother Ralph Rafanelli (Marcy), nephew Paul Rafanelli, niece Lola Riojas (Michael), and great nephew & niece Luke and Rena Riojas. Gene was born in Seattle, WA on June 11, 1941 to Gino & Lola Rafanelli, where he grew up and graduated from Seattle University. After he received his Military Commission he attained a distinguished career in the Army, retiring as a highly decorated Colonel. After retiring from 30 years active duty, Gene and his wife Judith moved to San Jose, CA where Gene organized and taught the first, and highly successful JROTC program at Andrew Hill High School. Upon retiring from teaching, he and Judith moved to Scottsdale in 2005 to be near their daughter Cara and their many friends. Gene was an active member and officer of several service organizations such as AUSA, AVHOF, MOAA, MOWW, and The Veterans Heritage Project. He will be deeply missed. A memorial will be held in his honor June 21, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at McCormick Ranch Golf Club at 7505 E McCormick Pkwy, in Scottsdale, Arizona. A funeral mass will be announced at a future date. Gene's final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to AZ Territorial Chapter, AUSA, 13236 N 7th St., Suite 4, Box 196, Phoenix, AZ 85022.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 11, 2017
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