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Rafael Luis Acosta
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1943
Puerto Rico, USA
Death: Apr. 15, 2009
Comanche County
Oklahoma, USA

Rafael Luis Acosta
A celebration of life for Rafael Luis Acosta Sr., 66, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tyrone E. Turner, senior pastor, officiating.

Mr. Acosta died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Lawton.

Interment with military honors will be at Fort Sill National Cemetery under direction of Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Puerto Rico, to Manuelai Acosta. He joined the Army in 1965 and served for 13 years. He completed two tours in Vietnam, a tour in Korea and a tour in Panama. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Drivers badge, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Overseas Service Bars, the Driver Mechanic Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Counteroffensive, the Vietnam Counteroffensive PH II, the Consolidation I, the Consolidation II and the Vietnam Cease Fire ribbon. He was honorably discharged in 1978 and worked for 17 years in Civil Service before retiring in 1995. He joined St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in 1991. He served as deacon and prayer warrior, was active in the prison ministry, bus ministry, singles ministry, nursing home ministry, mobile meals ministry and the Brotherhood. He married Doris in 1994.

Survivors include his wife; three sons and a daughter-in-law: Rafael Jr. and Joy; Michael; and Nathaniel; six daughters and a son-in-law: Clarice and William; and Carla and her fiance, Frederick; Tarah; Juanita; Shannon; and Gabrielle; 25 grandchildren: Shontal, Anthony, Omni, Dominique, Rafael III, Dashawn, K'Terri, Tre'Quan, Malik, Toyionne, Shalana, Josh, DeJon, Daisjah, Maya, Darion, K'Shawn, Caleb, Elise, Nathaniel Jr., Desiree, Abrielle, Legend, Crystal Lynn and King David; and two great-grandchildren: Amor and Joi.

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Fort Sill National Cemetery
Comanche County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Wanda Jackson
Record added: Apr 20, 2009
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- Cynthia L. Ward
 Added: Jun. 9, 2011
You served our country faithfully. May we always cherish our freedom by honoring your memory. God bless you!
- Darlene T.
 Added: May. 20, 2010
Buried: Section 3 Site 688.
 Added: Mar. 12, 2010
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