Rafael Morales

Rafael Morales

November 11, 1981 – August 21, 2010

Rafael Morales, 28, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, August 21, 2010. Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 1, at Heartland Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls. Visitation will begin at Noon on Tuesday, August 31, with Prayer Services at 7:00 pm. at Heartland Funeral Home.

Rafael Morales was born in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, on November 11, 1981. He migrated to the United States at the age of 14. He attended Lincoln High School and graduated in 2000. He studied to be a chef because of his passion for cooking, but changed his career field. He became a licensed journeyman while working for Midwestern Mechanical in Sioux Falls where he was employed for 9 years.

Rafael’s greatest passion was his 2 children. He was a very loving father who always enjoyed spending time with his children making them laugh. He also enjoyed playing soccer and music. He was gifted in playing the piano and bass guitar. Rafael was a very generous and giving person. He was very outgoing and loved being around people. If anyone every needed any help, Rafael was always there. He liked talking to and listening to people’s problems and especially enjoyed making them smile. He traveled all over the U.S. with his church, Iglesia de Jesus Cristo Palabra Miel, meeting people that he became good friends with. Rafael will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Rafael is survived by one son, Noah Morales of San Diego, CA; one daughter, Amber Mendoza-Morales of Sioux Falls; his father, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico; one brother, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA; and one sister, Florista Morales of Mexico. A memorial fund has been set up at Home Federal Bank.


Rafael Morales, 28 años, de Sioux Falls, murió Sábado, 21 de agosto 2010. Los servicios fúnebres comienzan a las 2:00, Miércoles Septiembre 1, 2010 en Heartland Funeral Home en Brandon. El internamiento se sigue en el cementerio Mt. Pleasant en Sioux Falls. Visitación se iniciará al mediodía del Martes, 31 de Agosto con la Oración de Servicios a las 7:00 pm. en Heartland Funeral Home.

Rafael Morales nació en Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México, el 11 de noviembre de 1981. Emigró a los Estados Unidos a la edad de 14 años. Asistió a la escuela secundaria Lincoln y graduó en 2000. Estudió para ser un chef por su pasión por la cocina, pero cambió su campo profesional. Se convirtió en un obrero mientras trabajaba para la licencia del medio oeste Mecánica en Sioux Falls, donde trabajó durante nueve años.

El mayor pasión de Rafael era su dos niños. Era un padre muy cariñoso, que siempre disfrutaba pasar el tiempo con sus hijos haciéndolos reír. También disfrutaba jugando al fútbol y la música. Estaba dotado para tocar el piano y el baja de la guitara. Rafael era muy generoso y dadivoso personas. Era muy sociable y querido estar rodeado de gente. Si alguien cada necesitaba ayuda, Rafael siempre estaba ahí. Le gustaba hablar y escuchar los problemas de la gente y sobre todo disfrutar haciendo sonreír. Viajó por todo los Estados Unidos. con su iglesia, la Iglesia de Jesús Cristo Palabra Miel, conocer gente que se hizo buen amigo de. Rafael será profundamente extrañado por su familia y amigos.

Rafael le sobreviven un hijo, Noé Morales de San Diego, California; una hija, Amber Mendoza Morales de Sioux Falls, su padre, Leopoldo Morales, Las Margaritas, Chiapas, México; un hermano, Carlos Morales, Atlanta, GA, y una hermana, Florista Morales de México. Un fondo fiduciario se ha establecido en el banco Home Federal para ayudar con los gastos del funeral.

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Kerry Mogen

Kerry Mogen

July 17, 1950 – June 20, 2010

Kerry E. Mogen, 59, Sioux Falls, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Dougherty Hospice House.

Memorial services will be 1 pm Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Sonrise Baptist Church of Sioux Falls with Rev. Jesse Moore officiating.

Kerry was born on July 17, 1950 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  His parents were Donald and Esther Mogen. Kerry spent the early years in St. Paul, MN and then moved to Aberdeen at the age of ten.  He graduated from Aberdeen Central and went on to Northern State College.  While in school, he married Dianne Nelson in 1971 and had a daughter, Stacy Lynn.  Soon there after, Kerry changed his vocational plans and headed to Minneapolis, MN and launched a musical career that carried him all around the world playing with various bands and varieties of music. In 1980, Kerry married Donna Geiger in Cincinnati, OH and soon they had a son, Ryan.  On June 3, 2000, Kerry married Connie Crook-Jungwirth back in Aberdeen, SD.

Kerry spent his entire life pursuing his great love of music.  His was a skilled trumpet player, vocalist, keyboard player and even taught himself how to play drums.  He was a very entertaining musician and “front man” for several bands.  The last group he was with, The Great Unknowns, even played the stage of the SD State Fair.  Kerry was also involved with his church praise band at Sonrise Baptist Church in Sioux Falls.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, Sioux Falls; his father, Donald Mogen, Davie, FL; a son, Ryan Mogen, Midland, TX; a daughter, Stacey (Barry) Ellis, Miles City, MT; a step-daughter, Amy Jungwirth, Sioux Falls; a brother, David (Michelle) Mogen, Davie, FL and seven grandchildren.

Kerry was preceded in death by his mother, Esther.

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Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins

Dennis L. Jenkins, 66, of Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Dennis is survived by one son; William (Lisa) Counterman, Stanwood, WA, one daughter; Denise Jenkins, Sioux Falls, six grandchildren; Jeffery, Jared, Logan, Amenda, Alison, Amber, and Alyssa Counterman, one brother; Jeffery (Lynda) Jenkins, Riverside, CA., and one sister; Christine Hoffman, Toluca Lake, CA.

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