November 9, 1969 - May 10, 2017
On May 10, 2017, our beloved Stephen fell asleep in death after the last of many illnesses.
Born with a rare chromosomal deletion, each illness was something to be conquered so that he could get on with life. Stephen was one of Jehovah's Witnesses and dedicated his life to God at age 20. From that point forward, his priority was to fulfill that dedication vow to the best of his ability. After completing his secular school obligations, he started work for BLT Enterprises in White City.
Stephen was devoted to his family; he loved children and they loved him. Even though he was limited, he reached out to others in need, striving to educate them about his God Jehovah, and encouraging Bible study. His loving, giving spirit touched many lives in the Rogue Valley and beyond. His recent health issues didn't prevent him from securing a place in the hearts of almost everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, Joe and Faye Rachal; brothers, Michael (Marlene) and Sean (Rebecca); sisters, Naomi Plouse (Scott) and Veronica Molinksy (Eric); many uncles; aunts; cousins; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great-nephews.
The memorial service for Stephen will be held at 2:00 p.m. June 17, 2017, at 700 North Main Street in Ashland, Oregon.