Raymond Gilbert Rhoades passed away at the age of 83 on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Yuma Life Care Center. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, March 27, with Pastor Scott Bieker of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Otis officiating. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery.
Raymondwas born in Yuma on Jan. 26, 1930, to Lewis Alonzo and Clara (Imhof) Rhoades. He was raised on the family farm in the Lone Star community. He learned the importance of family, strong faith, and work ethics, which he proudly passed on to his family. On March 22, 1936, he was baptized in the New Haven Methodist Church. He graduated from the Lone Star high school with the class of 1947 and was proud that four generations of his family had received their diplomas from there.
On June 1, 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Helen Kahrs in Yuma. They made their home on a farm located two miles north of Lone Star and began a lifelong partnership dedicated to family, church, farming and community.
To this union, they were blessed with three children: Linda Rae in 1953, Bruce Gilbert in 1954, and Marlin Lewis in 1956.
Along with Raymond's farming operation, he was a lineman for the Northeast Washington County Telephone Company and also drove a bus for the Lone Star School. He was a truck driver hauling turkeys for the Gisi turkey farm, Yuma County Transportation, High Plains Trucking transporting cattle and center pivot sprinklers, Shop-All and Ashley Ag Service. A great source of professional pride for him was logging over two million miles with no citations or tickets.
Throughout his life, he was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Yuma, and later St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Otis.
In April of 1978, Raymond was elected to the Highline Electric Association board of directors. He was honored to follow in his dad's footsteps after his dad retired from serving 27 years on the board. When he attended board meetings and conferences, he enjoyed visiting, traveling and meeting new people. One of his memorable conferences was in 1982 when he took his grandson Aaron along to California and they visited Disney Land together. He resigned in 2003 due to health reasons after serving 25 years on the board of directors.
He was also proud to be a stockholder in the Washington Investment Company from September 1996 until he sold his shares of common stock in September 2002.
Raymond was proud of his family and enjoyed getting together to celebrate holidays, birthdays and special occasions. He received great pleasure by taking his family and friends out to eat and enjoying a steak sandwich or a chicken fried steak with all the trimmings.
He will be fondly remembered for his famous saying "glad you got to see me today," his sense of humor, and for going to coffee to shoot the breeze with the guys. He was always prepared to fix anything by carrying WD40, a variety of tools, a flashlight and a pocket knife. A great source of entertainment for young and old was his ability to wiggle his ears.
Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Linda Seedorf of Yuma; sons, Bruce and wife Donna of Yuma, and Marlin and wife Cheryl of Rapelje, Mont.; grandchildren, Aaron and Teri Seedorf, Julie and Drew Holm, Shad Rhoades, Alissa Rhoades, Joel Rhoades, Heidi and Scott Bittler, Heather and Benton Hendrix, Forrest Netz and Cortney Rhoades; great-grandchildren, Clara and Anna Seedorf, Barrett Holm and Zeek Bittler; siblings, Jacob Rhoades and wife Evelyn of Yuma, Dennis Rhoades and wife Peggy of Green Forest, Ark., and Merle and wife Lynda of Fort Morgan; sister-in-law, Marcine Todd of Elkhart, Ind.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death was his infant brother; his parents; his wife of 61 years, Margaret; son-in-law, Robert Seedorf; nephew, Curtis Dean Rhoades; great-nephew, Curtis Dean Rhoades II; great-grandson, Donovan Alexzandre Rhoades.
Arrangements were made by Baucke Funeral Home and Monuments.