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Russell A. Rhoads USAF, Ret.

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SHERMAN - Col. Russell A. "Dusty" Rhoads, 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Dusty was born Nov. 19, 1920 in Auburn, Ind., son of Boyd L. Rhoads and Myrtle Fales Rhoads. Dusty graduated from Mishawaka High School, Mishawaka, Ind., where he was a standout basketball player. He attended college for two years and then decided to join the then U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He took basic and advanced flight training at Brooks Field, Texas, and from there went to Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas and Enid, Okla., where he was a flight instructor.

His duty assignments also included Germany, (where he was able to attend a day of the Nurnberg War Trials), Maxwell, AFB, Ala., Carswell AFB, Texas, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, Ofuna AFB, Yokohama, Japan, Otis AFB, Cape Cod, Mass., and retiring from Perrin AFB, Sherman, Texas in 1966. They made Sherman their retirement home.

Dusty was married to his high school sweetheart, Jeannette Godshall Rhoads, for 69 years before she passed away on Nov. 29, 2011. They were married on Jan. 8, 1943 at the chapel at Randolph Field in San Antonio. Besides their travels during Dusty's tours of duty, the two of them traveled extensively throughout the US, returning many times to their favorite spots of Big Bend, South Padre Island and the Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountains.

Dusty is survived by his daughter: Sandra Robinson and husband Ed of Sherman; granddaughters: Wendy Soileau and her husband Bill of Nashville, Tenn., Shanen Lauby and husband Kyle of Eastvale, Calif.; grandsons: Grant and Ian Rhoads of Dallas, Texas, Shawn Dawson, Animas, N.M., and the R.P. Egert family, Mishawaka, Ind.

Dusty was preceded in death by his wife Jeannette, and four of his children, daughter, Billie Jean Dawson; and sons, Ronald A. Rhoads, Kenneth D. Rhoads and baby Rhoads.

In accordance with Dusty's wishes, his body was donated to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas for medical research and no services will be held.
Published in The Herald Democrat on Aug. 22, 2013
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