SALINAS, CA – Harry L. Rhodes, Jr., 92, passed away Friday, May 23, 2014. He was born June 4, 1921 in Salinas.|
Harry was born to Harry L. Rhodes, Sr. and Hazel Jepsen Rhodes. He attended Lincoln Elementary, Central Grammar Jr. High, Salinas High Class of 1939 and Salinas Jr. College (now known as Hartnell) Class of 1941. Harry married Barbara Ellen Fanoe of Gonzales in 1942 at Old St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco.
He enlisted in the Navy and after Cadet School was commissioned in the Army and trained personnel in landing craft and small ships. He served two years in the Pacific: Guadalcanal, Philippines, Okinawa, Japanese Occupation and Korea. His last assignment was captain of the Army ship, US AT "Apache".
After the war he worked in the family retail wholesale service business in Salinas from 1946 until 1953 and in auto sales until 1957. He entered the real estate business in 1957 and operated Rhodes Realty until retirement in 2000. He served as president of Salinas Board of Realtors, Monterey County Board of Realtors, California Association of Realtors and District Vice President of California Association of Realtors and was an Honorary Life Member of the National Association of Realtors.
He served as a director of California Rodeo Association from 1967 until 1991 and then as an advisory director. He was a member of American Legion Post #31, Native Sons of California Gabilan Parlor, Salinas Elks Lodge #614, past president of Exchange Club, Monterey County Historical Society, Friends of Historic San Antonio Mission and was involved in local politics.
He enjoyed fishing and co-owned a salmon fishing boat on Monterey Bay. He was a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan and season ticket holder since the 1950s. He enjoyed hunting and belonged to Rat Camp and Pacheco Hunting Club. He was a master barbequer and cooked for charity events. He entered chili cook offs with a few wins.
He was a loving husband, father and adored his grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Barbara E. (Bobbie) Rhodes; sons, Harry Louis Rhodes III, Steven L. Rhodes; sisters, June MacKenzie and Kathleen Smith.
He is survived by his brother, Jack Rhodes; daughters, Laurie Pappas (George), Cathy Rhodes (Rich); daughter-in-law, Laurie Rhodes; grandchildren, Ellie Toombs (Curtis), Michael Wallace (Jodi), Steven Pappas; two great granddaughters, Adley and Gracie; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give loving thanks to his caregivers, Merlyn, Juanita, Liza, Ghlendyl, May and Rose Marie.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Funeral Service will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901. Burial will follow with full military honors at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Campaign for the Preservation of Mission San Antonio de Padua, P.O. Box 450, King City, CA 93930 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
For more information and to share a memory visit www.struveandlaporte.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on May 28, 2014