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Bakersfield, CA 93313
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Richard Gale Rhodes

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Richard Gale Rhodes Obituary

Richard "Dick" was born in East Liverpool, Ohio to Neville "Mac" and Edna McIntosh. At the age of 12 his family moved to California. They resided in Taft for about 5 years where he attended Roosevelt, Lincoln, and TUHS, where he established lifelong friendships. They moved to Bahia, Brazil where his father's job took them. He Graduated from St. George's High school as the "Valedictorian" in 1958. After graduation he went to West Virginia to live with his Grandma "Bobo".

He then hitchhiked back to Taft with $50 in his pocket where he was reacquainted with a previous neighbor who later became the love of his life, Sandi Sturgeon. They were married August 29, 1959 when she was 16 and he was 21. They were blessed with 2 children, Rocky and Timi and were again blessed with getting to parent their 2 grandsons, Nathan and Michael.

His favorite activity was talking on the phone with his family and friends. A big gift to him was the advent of "free long distance". Two highlights of his life were Nathan's high school years and his experience with fund raising for St Jude's to honor his great grandson, Diesel.

He was an on-site manager for Carlson Development for 13 years in Bakersfield and made many friends who remember him fondly.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first great grandson, Diesel Noah Alexander Rhodes.

He is survived by his loving wife Sandra, his son James "Rocky" Rhodes, daughter Timi G. Howard and Paul, grandson Nathan A. Rhodes and Tanya, grandson James Michael Rhodes, sisters Kay Crail, Vikki Rinaldi and Mary Kay Carter, and great grandchildren Boston, Ransom, and Shia. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to ALSAC.

A celebration of life will be held at Greenlawn Southwest at 2739 Panama Ln. Bakersfield, CA. 93313 on June 1, 2016 at 2:00PM. If you like we will all be wearing yellow to continue the tradition of Diesel's memory.

For condolences, please visit: www.greenlawnm-c.com Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest

Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 29, 2016
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