ALLEGANY, N.Y. - Wayne M. Rhodes, 73, of 1744 Chipmonk Road, passed away Thursday (June 13, 2013) in the Olean General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born Oct. 2, 1939, in Olean, he was the son of Cleone and Millie Remington Rhodes. On May 6, 1972, at St. John's Church in Olean, he married Mary A. Ambroselli, who survives.
Mr. Rhodes was a 1959 graduate of Allegany Central School and attended Cortland State College. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Rota, Spain, as well as Panama during the Vietnam War until his discharge in 1966.
He had been employed as a machinist for Dresser Rand Co. for 41 years, retiring in 2001. While employed, he served as a union steward for the United Steelworkers Union Local #4601. He also was a former member of the board of directors for the Olean Area Federal Credit Union.
Mr. Rhodes was devoted to his faith, having been a longtime member of St. Bonaventure Church and a nine-year volunteer for its furniture Outreach Program. He was a former assistant commissioner for the Alle-Catt Midget Football League and was a nature enthusiast with a particular interest in fishing, hunting and hiking. He also enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was a true Civil War buff and enjoyed reading books and articles in regards to that time period and of history in general.
Surviving besides his wife of 42 years are a daughter, Michelle (Lex) Barker of Lockport; a grandson Lucas Barker; six brothers and sisters, Dale (Irma) Rhodes of Obi, Shirley Boser of Bradford, Pa., Merle Rhodes of Ellwood City, Pa., Wanda (Lester) Wilson of Boardman, Ohio, Pearl Cargill of Randolph and William (Dee) Rhodes of Orangeburg, S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Ronald Boser and Ronald Cargill.
Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home 3128 W. State Rd. Olean from 7-9 p.m. today, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held Monday beginning with a prayer service at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church with the Rev. James Vacco, OFM, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Bonaventure Church Outreach Program or to a
. Online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com
Published in The Bradford Era from June 15 to June 21, 2013