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Robert J. Rhoades

Age 100

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Deepest sympathy to the Rhoades family ( members of the Casey family , David and Allison) .Dad , Granddad and great Granddad Robert must have had a wonderful life reaching 100 years. So sorry for your great loss May Robert R I P

So sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Rhoades. Our family lived across 29th Place from Bob and Jean for many years. They were very nice neighbors. Bob was a handyman type, and he helped me install an air conditioner. I have a picture of Rhoades, Shackelfords (neighbors), and Hittles standing in front of a Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Baseball sign after we had attended the game. Bob was a fighter plane pilot stationed in Alaska in WW2. He never talked much about it. It was my privilege...

To Rodge's family....

I chaired the vision committee for Speedway Christian Church in 2011. We were interested in getting the perspectives of church members in all age groups. Several people said, "you must talk to Rodge." I knew him well enough at the time to say "Hi" and shake his hand whenever we passed the peace in services, but I'd never had an in-depth conversation with him. But when so many people tell recommend talking to the same person, you pay...

Bob and Marilyn
Love and sympathy to you and your families. Uncle Rodge was a wonderful man. I believe there is a great reunion in heaven this week.
Sincerely, Pam and Bill Schmalz

Bob and Marilyn
All of our love and sympathy to you and your families. Uncle Rodge was a wonderful man. I believe there is a great reunion in heaven this week. Sincerely, Pam and Schmalz

Our sympathies and prayers to Bob and Marilyn and their families. Dave and Marty Driscoll

I worked with Bob for several years at Eli Lilly and Company. He was a wonderful gentleman and a pleasure to work with— his passing comes at the end of a life lived.

I am so sorry for your loss. I was Bob’s secretary at Eli Lilly for several years. He was a great friend. We kept in touch at Christmas. I had the pleasure of knowing Jean too. Wow, 100 years.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades were so good to my family,the Hietbergs. I remember how nice they were to me as a young girl. Your family truly were a blessing to mine and I thank you.


Robert's Obituary

Robert J. Rhoades, 100, passed away January 26, 2021. He was an Accountant for Eli Lilly & Co. for 38 years, retiring in 1984. He was a WWII Veteran of the Army Air Force. Robert was a member of the Speedway Masonic Lodge and the Speedway Lions Club. He was a Past Elder for the Speedway Christian Church and President when he served on the Speedway School Board. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Westby Rhoades. He is survived by his children, Robert (Gail) Rhoades and Marilyn (John) Pogue; 2 grandchildren, Allison (David) Casey, Jeffrey (Katie) Pogue and 4 great grandchildren. Services are 11am Monday February 1, 2021 at Conkle Funeral Home Speedway with Visitation 10am-11am before the Service. Burial will be in Washington Park North Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Speedway Christian Church. Online condolences may be shared at

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