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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  • Susie says:

    I’m Free: Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path of God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call I tunred my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found that place at the close of day. If my passing has left a void, then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don’t lenghten it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

    Rest in peace Rafael.

  • perri says:

    you are free
    rest in peace
    you’ll be missed
    to say the least
    we’ll never understand why
    will broken hearts be healed in time?
    you gave your all
    you gave your best
    we’ll try to understand
    this horrible mess r.i.p.

  • Sara Pacheco says:

    Hermano Rafa
    I Miss you i get sad not seeing you at church no more 🙁
    i juss hung out with your daughter not to long ago
    shes growing hermano 🙁
    im still not 100% over your death. i still cry for your at nights
    asking God why you 🙁 and why that why.
    Te Amo, I Love You

  • Genesis says:

    I believe you are in a better place. God had a purpose for us, for you. I was married and had a beautiful son with you. Noah Nathanael Morales was 1 year old when you past.I will always talk to him about you and all those beautiful times we spent together. Only God can judge us, only God knows the truth. You will always be remembered.

    Till we meet again….

    I Love You,

  • Perla says:

    I miss you Rafa your daughter does too. Its been over a year and its still very hard for the both of us. We talk about you alot, she says things t hat you would tell her, she makes me laugh. She is growing so much and she looks just like you. Tu princesa. Siempre te llevaremos en nuestros corazones.

    Te quiero,

  • Saraita says:

    It’s almost 5 years since you were taken from us. How’s paradise . I miss your advance….I miss you …

  • pat says:

    Hermano, Como the recuerdo. Ya son 5 años Que no the veo, si 5 años que Dios nuestro Padre the llevo a su presencia. Mi familia y Yo siempre the recordamos.

  • Amber Mendoza-Morales says:

    I miss you so much. Your birthday just passed ;( i miss you dad i miss you so much

  • No name says:

    I had a dream about you yesterday, we where all at church and you had the biggest smile on your face. I miss you Hermano Rafa!

  • Bty says:

    I don’t know if you remember me but I was close to you and your dad I would go to your house and hang out with you and my dad was close to yours, there are some days when I think of your dad like whenever I go to church I think of him and we bought this new church and I hope that one day you would be able to come again but you and

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