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Arthur Dakota Rhea Jr. Obituary
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December 09, 2016

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December 09, 2016

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September 6, 2016
My dear friend and colleague Arthur Rhea was one of the most joyful and loving people I have ever known. A member of "The Greatest Generation", he was born the same year as my own father. Both men served their country with distinction in World War II in the US Army, and I looked up to Arthur in the same way as I did my own Father. Both men loved God, their family, their church, and their country. For them, service to others was the key to living an honorable life.

Arthur lived his life with infectious joy and immeasurable love for others. He was always interested in the lives of others and what he could do to help them. He rarely talked about himself or his own accomplishments. He wanted to hear about what others had to say about themselves. He always greeted me with the kind and affectionate statement "Good to see you Rick. How's it going? Tell me everything that's happening with you." From the moment we greeted each other at the start of each and every visit, I knew it would be a memorable time.

It would be impossible to list all of the memories over the last thirty five years of friendship. There were numerous prayerful choir rehearsals and liturgies at The Church of the Redeemer, taking care of McKeever and the house on Blackburn Lane during the Summer Break from university, lunches, dinners, picnics, and all the visits when we talked about old times.

Arthur was not my "formal" professor of organ or church music. I attended Towson University and had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as Arthur's assistant at Redeemer from 1981-1983. He taught me more about Church Music and Ministry than I could ever learn in a classroom. He taught me how to care for people and what it meant to have the heart of a pastor. What a wonderful gift he gave to ALL of us who studied with him

Thanks to Almighty God for giving us such an phenomenal role model in Arthur. And thanks to his wonderful family for sharing him with us. All of us who knew him and loved him were in the presence of greatness. And we were all so richly blessed
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