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Obituary: Alvin (Shorty) Rafferty, 92, Campbellsville, KY
Mr. Rafferty was a respected Campbellsville businessman, a hero of World War II, and the head of a distinguished Taylor County family. He will be given full military honors by the Marion County Veterans of Foreign Wars
Alvin "Shorty" Rafferty of Campbellsville, son of the late Frank Rafferty and Nora Dabney Rafferty was born January 6, 1915 in Taylor County, Kentucky. He died at 1:40pmET., Friday, June 26, 2009 in Campbellsville, KY, at the age of 94.
The funeral service will be Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon AV, Campbellsville, KY, by Rev. Gene Shields. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5-8:00pmET, Monday, June 29, 2009. Burial will be in ElkHorn Cemetery with full military honors by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.
He was a veteran of World War II having served his country honorably in the United States Army with Chuck Yeager and the 357th fighter group known as The Yoxford Boys. On January 14, 1945 the group destroyed fifty-six enemy aircraft, establishing an air combat record. He was involved in the following battles and campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes and Air Offensive Europe. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon with 6 bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and World War II Victory Medal and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He professed faith in Christ and was a member of the ElkHorn United Methodist Church.
He was the owner of Campbellsville Laundry since 1947.
He united in marriage to Elizabeth Phillips June 2, 1941. She preceded him in death September 25, 2005.
He was a sixty-five year member of the ElkHorn Masonic Lodge #568 F & AM and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Pitman Lodge #157, The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Until recent years he was an avid fisherman with numerous large catches of bass and muskie.
He is survived by the following:
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