|Bobby Lavern "Poppy" Rhoades, a long-time resident of Galesburg, Illinois, died on June 13 at Saint Mary's Hospital after suffering a heart attack. Bob was born in Meadville, Missouri on May 27, 1938. He passed away at age 75 after an abundant life filled with blessing and the continuous joy of being encircled by loving family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith; sons, Bobby Rhoades, Jr. and wife Cindy of Houston, Texas and Jeremy Rhoades and wife Laura of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; daughter, Tammy Rollins and husband Ronald of Victoria, Illinois. Bob had 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Cecil and Flossie Rhoades, and sisters, Julia Fay Peterson and Dolores Lentz.
Bob spent decades crafting his work expertise and honing the strength of his hands and body as a jack-of-all-trades and master of all. Bob's impressive work-ethic lead him through many experiences--metal worker, coal miner, mason, carpenter, and truck-driver. He retired from J. Brodie Meats after 33 years.
In life, Bob always strove for challenge and advancement, but never for the sake of personal glory. The cornerstone of Bob's energies were for the survival and thriving of his family. The unimaginable output from the years of sweat and blood to build a foundation for his family resulted in an impressive success and proud legacy.
Bob's heart overflowed with immeasurable care and compassion even beyond his inspiration integrity of work. Though not always felt in word, his life of love was proudly lived out in action. Above all, the strength and resiliency of Bob's character was his ability to attack the seriousness and challenges of 'the good, bad, and ugly' of life through a cutting humor and pervasive "stuff happens" attitude.
As Husband, Father, Grandpa, and Friend: the absence of his life will be profoundly felt yet the fullness of his life will forever be remembered and celebrated.
Services will be held at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Open visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 A.M. There will not be a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to the American Lung Association. Online condolences can be left at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com