ALLEGANY - Wayne M. Rhodes, 73, of 1744 Chipmonk Road passed away Thursday (June 13, 2013) in Olean General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Born Oct. 2, 1939, in Olean, he was a 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 regard 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 predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Ronald Boser and Ronald Cargill.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. Funeral services will be held Monday (June 17, 2013), beginning with a prayer service at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Bonaventure Church. The Rev. James Vacco, OFM, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, with full military honors 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 www.oleanfuneralhome.com.