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John Rafeld

John Maxwell Rafeld

Saturday, July 15th, 1995 - Monday, February 1st, 2021
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John Maxwell Rafeld, 25

John Maxwell Rafeld, 25 of Ashland passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 in his home.

He was born on July 15, 1995 the son of Lee and Kim (nee Hough) Rafeld in Mansfield, Ohio.

John graduated from Rittman Exempted Village School, Class of 2014. Throughout his life, John was an avid gamer, who enjoyed swimming, and spending time with family. He especially was fond of day trips with both his mom and grandma.

He is survived by his parents, Lee (Kim) Rafeld of Ashland; two sisters, Taylor Rafeld of Ashland and Charlie Rafeld of Ashland; his maternal grandmother, Bette Little of Ashland; his maternal grandfather, Michael (Carol) Hough of Malvern; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Roger and Myra Rafeld; maternal step grandfather, Robert H. Little; and a cousin, Jason “J.P.” Patterson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held, Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Memory Garden in Canton.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 6th, 2021 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Interment

    Sunset Hills Memory Gardens
    5001 Everhard Road
    Canton, Ohio 44718
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With Love - Jeff, Iva, Taylor & Camryn Hall

Posted at 12:06pm
Kim, we have so many good memories of John & our fun times at school. We're sending our love and we will continue to hold you close to our hearts.
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linda rafeld

Posted at 01:20pm
Dear Kim & Lee,
We couldn't beleive when we heard about John. Our hearts go out to your family. No one will forget how special he was. He was so polite and always had a big smile when he said hi to "Aunt Linda". May God help you through this difficult time. We're sorry but we won't be at visitation because we're trying to stay away from crowds due to covid 19. We hope you understand.
Love and Prayers to you,
Aunt Linda and Uncle Dick

Mitchell Stecker

Posted at 08:03am
In loving memory of John. He was larger than life with a smile on his face every time I saw him. Such an amazing young man taken far too soon. John you will be missed by everyone. Please look down on your mother, father, sisters, Bette and others and provide them strength and comfort knowing that you're in God's hands now.

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Posted at 06:11pm
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