PEORIA - Dean Bernard Rhoads, age 64, of Peoria passed away at 5:53 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born Sept. 4, 1949, in Bartonville to Delmar and Leonora Seither Rhoads.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda (Anderson) Rhoads of Peoria; two daughters, Aneta (Sean) Brocato of Arlington, Va., and Emily Rhoads of Chesterfield, Mo.; one son, Andrew Rhoads of Philadelphia, Pa.; and one brother, Randall (Marianne) Rhoads of Andover, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dean received a degree in mathematics and computer science in 1970 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
From 1970 to 1973, he was a computer systems analyst for Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1976, he graduated with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law. Dean was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1976 to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the United States Tax Court. He clerked for Justice Jay J. Alloy of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. Dean joined Sutkowski & Rhoads Ltd., formerly known as Sutkowski & Washkuhn Ltd., in 1978, and was a shareholder in the firm. He was a member of the American, Illinois State and Peoria County bar associations. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law for pension and profit sharing plans.
He took great pride in his work, but his focus was always his family.
Visitation will be held today, Nov. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Additional visitation will be Monday at 9 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria. Funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Joe Meyer will officiate. Interment will be immediately following in Lutheran Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria.
To view Dean's memorial website, please go to www.davison-fulton-bartonvillechapel.com.