I am a close friend of Patrice and Matt. I met Mr. Rakel our freshman year at Wittenberg University. He was so proud of his beautiful daughter, Patrice, and always hugged us, and acted as if we were his kids too. He always was proud to wear his DG hats and sweatshirts and came to every Homecoming and Parents’ Weekends. He loved his family and was a wonderful father to Patrice. His infectious laugh and smile will be missed.