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Merle Alvin Rhoades

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Merle Alvin Rhoades, 81, died Sunday (October 26, 2003) at Crestview Manor in Seneca, Kan.

He was born Sept. 18, 1922, at Culbertson to George and Fairy (Seybold) Rhoades. He attended grade school at District 20 and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1939.

He boxed with the Golden Gloves sponsored by the McCook Elks Club. He worked as a fireman for the CB & Q Railroad before enlisting in the Navy in 1942. He was honorably discharged in 1944.

On March 22, 1942, he married Elma Jean Taylor in Oberlin. To this union one son, Michael, was born.

He spent most of his life in Veteran's Hospitals in Downey, Ill., and Topeka, Kan. Upon his release from the hospital, he lived at Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Seneca until the time of his death. While he was hospitalized, he reached out to others and volunteered over 14,000 hours for the benefits of veterans. He received recognition numerous times for his volunteer service to the Veteran's Administration.

He was a member of the Culbertson VFW Post No. 6219.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Emma Louise Rhoades and LaVaughn Anderson; and two brothers, William and Glenn.

Survivors include his son, Michael Rhoades of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; two brothers, Earle Rhoades and wife, Catherine, of Amarillo, Texas and Wayne Rhoades and wife, Bette, of Union City, Calif.; and two sisters, Barbara Almond of Elizabeth, Colo., and Maxine Talley of Culbertson.

Services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at the Carpenter Breland Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Spearow officiating. Burial will be at the Culbertson Cemetery with the Culbertson VFW Honor Guard.

Memorials may be given in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.