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RHODES - Herbert D. Rhodes, 81 years old, promoted to Glory on May 10, 2004.

Preceded by mother, Lydia, father, Wilbert, brothers Hubert, Osbert, Delbert; sisters, Virginia, Alberta, Leona.

Survived by loving and devoted wife, Jacqueline (nee Fry) of 57 years; sons, Roy (Brenda) Rhodes, Michael (Tina) Rhodes; daughters, Carolyn Koblens, Janet (Scott) Koblens; 14 grandchildren, Lynda Rhodes, Kim (Chris) Bond, Christa (Scott) Oberschlake, Roy Rhodes Jr., Samantha (John) Miller, Michael (Lorien) Utt, Starla and Joshua Rhodes, Brandon, Beth and Tyler Koblens, Matt, Jordan and Kyle Koblens; 10 great-grandchildren, Grant, Cody, Bailey, Jackson, Sean, Heather, Hannah, Alexis, Madison and Seth; 7 sisters-in-law, Millie Hogue, Lou Ann (Paul) Uhrig, Bernice Stiltner, Jean (John) Ankrum, Beatrice Root, Sue (John) Adkins, Jody (Lee) Hiell; special nephew who was raised as a brother, Cletus Wayne Rhodes; a special aunt, Bernice "Bink" Stevenson, St. Louis, Missouri; many nieces, nephews and special friends.

A very special thanks to Dr. Sheila Faryman of Riverside for her compassionate words and Major Betty Sharp, Reverend and Mrs. Jeffries and Captain Walter Rivers for their comfort.

Served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 82nd Airborne, 508th parachute infantry-medical detachment. Wounded in action in Belgium and Normandy. Decorated twelve times including the Presidential citation and Purple Heart with cluster. Participated in three allied combat jumps, including the invasions of Normandy, Belgium and Holland.

Employed by General Motors T.D. for 20 years, Northland Heating and Cooling for 19 years. Served with Boy Scout troop 76 as Scoutmaster, committee chairman and treasurer. A soldier for 43 years of The Salvation Army, Pontiac Street Corp.

Family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTH CHAPEL, 5554 Karl Rd., where a funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2004. Major Betty Sharp officiating, interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Central Ohio.

(The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, 11 May 2004, Page 4C - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

(all images courtesy of Brenda Mellett)

Grave markers for Herbert D. Rhodes in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus (Franklin county), Ohio.


Herbert is also featured on the WWII memorial in the cemetery.  His image, above, is on the fourth row from the top, second from right.

Herbert enlisted in the Army at Shelbyville, IN and went through jump school as well as medical training.  He was assigned to the medical detachment, 508th PIR.

T3 Rhodes was awarded the Combat Medical Badge for the Normandy, France Campaign, 6 June 44.  He was also awarded the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster after being wounded in France and Belgium.

TSgt Rhodes re-enlisted on 10 November 1945.

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