The Memorial Service for Jack D. Rafferty, age 97 of Hettinger, formerly of New England, ND; will be held at 9:00 am MT, Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in New England, ND with Pastor Colin Neuharth, officiating. Burial will be on Wednesday, July 3rd, at 2:00pm CT in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of Mandan, ND with full military honors afforded by the Anton Ulijohn American Legion Post #66 of New England and the Bismarck VFW.
All family and friends are considered Honorary Bearers.
JACK DOUGLASS RAFFERTY was born on October 6, 1921 to Charles Levi and Rhoda “Edna” (Griswold) Rafferty on the farm south of Havelock, ND. After the loss of a sister to scarlet fever, the family moved to Havelock in 1923 and Jack attended grade school and three years of high school. Being that Havelock wasn’t accredited for the senior year, he was able to stay with his sister Shirley in John Day, Oregon and graduated in 1938.
Following high school, Jack worked on farms and ranches in the area. He met Lorraine Doe at a local Havelock dance and the two were married in Montana on her birthday, September 27, 1941.
Jack worked the beet fields in Montana and then moved to Oregon to work in the saw mills. Their daughter Jean was born in Oregon and with WWII starting Jack volunteered for the US Navy and served aboard the Destroyer USS Ross in the South Pacific and was at the formal surrender of Imperial Japan. After his honorable discharge, the family moved back to the farm he was born on and had three boys, Earl, Tom, and Jerald. They lived on the farm for 67 years before he moved into Western Horizon’s Assisted Living in Hettinger. Jack enjoyed the grandkids, camping, going to Threshing Bees, and trying his luck at casinos.
Jack passed from this life on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
Surviving family members include his daughter Jean “Kitty” Hagbom, Peck, KS; 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Doris Rafferty, Hettinger, ND; Tom and Audrey Rafferty, Jerald and Sandra Rafferty, all of New England, ND; 7 grandchildren, Robbin Spotts, Kelly Hagbom, Cale Rafferty, Cristie Holden, Michele Wieland, Shannon Rafferty and Daren Rafferty; 3 step-grandchildren, Ben Schubert, Seth Schubert, Sarah Perez; 22 great- grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson, 6 step great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Earl (Arlene) Doe, New England, ND; sisters-in-law, Marie Doe, Dickinson, ND; Lois Kunze, Bismarck, ND; Lila Johnson, St. Paul, MN; and Pauline Doe, Mott, ND. Jack is also survived by his special friends Max and Julie Andryeyev.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; son-in-law, Don Hagbom; a granddaughter, Kimberly Qualhiem, and a great grandson, Erik Hagbom, 3 brothers, Leonard, Stanley, Dwight Rafferty; 3 sisters, Della Gellett, Verna Rafferty, and Shirley Benson.
A memorial has been established to North Dakota Veteran Cemetery south of Mandan, ND.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com