|(Friday - November
27, 2020) - Frederick E. "Fred" Rhodes, age 98, entered Eternal Life on
Friday, November 20. He was a man of Faith-Country-Family & Friends.
Fred was born on October 6, 1922, in Medford, Wisconsin, to Lester
and Maude (Doughty) Rhodes. He was raised in Medford, Niagara Falls, New
York, and they finally settled in Niagara. He was a 1940 graduate of
Niagara Public High School. He recently celebrated his 80th Class
Reunion with a party at Maryhill Manor, that included his fellow
classmates Annabelle Banks and Dru Eckelaert.
Fred enlisted in the United States Navy and bravely battled for our
freedom. He was involved in battles, invasions, and most notably, the
Invasion at Normandy. He was a proud veteran and had the privilege of
taking part in the Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his
daughter Pam. He was also invited to the Capitol in Madison to celebrate
the 70th anniversary of D-Day Program, which he proudly attended. These
experiences were very impactful for him, and following these trips, you
would often find Fred wearing his World War II Veteran baseball cap.
After returning from the war, Fred courted and married Carmen Juline
Farrington of Kingsford on July 26, 1947. Fred and Carmen were blessed
with three children - David, Pamela and Michelene. They celebrated 65
years of marriage and Carmen preceded him in death on November 4, 2012.
Fred served the community of Niagara for many years as a Village
Trustee. He was a member of St. Anthony Parish and the Knights of
Columbus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially enjoyed his and
his brother Roland's hobby farm. Most of all he cherished the time he
had with his children and grandchildren and making great memories. His
favorite place on earth was Hi-Lo Acres, Pembine, Wis. Fred was loved by
many and always had a smile, hug, nickname, and twinkle in his eye for
all who knew him.
After a 44-year career in the Testing
Department of the New Page Paper Mill, Fred retired. Following
retirement, Fred and Carmen began 20 years of "snow birding" with their
lifelong friends, Ray and Lois Steeno. They enjoyed winters in Alabama,
Texas and Mexico, before eventually settling in a permanent winter home
in Sun City, Arizona.
Fred is survived by one son, David (Karen)
Rhodes of Pleasant View, Utah; two daughters, Pamela Vross of Pembine
and Michelene (Mark) Kaster of Green Bay; six grandchildren, Piper
(Cameron Smith) Rhodes, Ashley (Drew) Madasci, Michael (Lorrie) Vross,
Matt Vross, Madison Kaster and Emma Kaster; seven great grandchildren,
Lexie, Libby, Ele, Matti and Gloria Vross, Ella Baker Smith and Lauren
Madasci. He is also survived by his Baby Sister Marilyn Allen, brother
in law, Eugene Farrington, sisters in law, Mescal Lindholm and Janine
Romitti, special friend Lola, and his fellow history buff Max Randall,
along with many beloved Rhodes and Farrington nieces and nephews.
Fred was predeceased, by his beloved wife, Carmen, his parents
Lester and Maude, sister Ruth, and brothers Roland (Rose) and Stan
The family would like to extend a special thank you to
the Maryhill Manor family who loved and cared for Fred.
A Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony's Parish in Niagara when
the family can safely travel.
You may leave a condolence or
tribute for Fred's family online at:
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation
Services-Niagara Chapel to honor Fred's legacy of life.