John Michael “Jack” Rafter July 13, 1928 - May 26, 2018

Flagof St. Paul, born July 13, 1928, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 26, 2018. Jack was an independent businessman, world traveler, soldier, father, and brother.  But above all, a loving husband to, and survived by, his wife of 64 years Helen (nee O’Toole). Also survived by his children Mike (Amy), Cathy Heutmaker, Tim (Karen); grandchildren Jake, Jimmy, Patrick, and Chris Rafter, Molly (Brian) Yardley, Robert Matthew (Heutmaker), and Megan (Heutmaker); sisters Connie (Bob) Willwerscheid and Dinah Robbins. We will miss his love, counsel and support. Jack is preceded in death by his sister Joan Knoche, son-in-law Bob Heutmaker, and brother-in-law Fred Robbins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rotaplast International.

We will celebrate Jack's amazing journey through life at 1 PM, Monday, July 16th, at Willwerscheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave, St. Paul, 651-228-1006. The family will gather with friends beginning at 12Noon. Burial with Military Honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery, (Affectionately known as the “Rafter-Family-Mansion”), 445 Smith Ave N., St. Paul.

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