John Rhodes

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ALTON — John W. Rhodes, 71, of Bethalto, passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Alton, at St. Anthony's Health Center.

John was born on Jan. 4, 1947, in Carlinville, Illinois, the son of Charles and Rita (Costello) Pitchford, who have preceded him in death. He married Renee S. Hornback on April 3, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri. She survives.

John is a veteran of the United States Air Force, which he served four years. He was an Engineer Technician for Illinois Dept. of Transportation for 36 years. John was also a member of St. John's UCC in Wood River. He drove a senior bus for the city of Bethalto as a volunteer. John enjoyed going on vacations and playing with his grandchildren.

John is also survived by three children, Jonathan (Rachael) Rhodes, Brian (Ashleigh) Rhodes, and Samantha Rhodes; five grandchildren, Chloe, Hayleigh, Mason, Sevan, and Nyk; two sisters, Kay Deucker and Patricia (Jim) DeGuire; a brother, Paul (Sharon) Rhodes, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He is also preceded in death by an infant brother, Charles Pitchford; a sister-in-law, Rayetta Hornback; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Raymond and Fanetta Hornback.

Visitation will be from 5 until 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at St. John's UCC in Wood River. A memorial service will follow at 6:30 pm.

Memorials may be made to St. John's UCC of Wood River or ASPCA

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Published in The Telegraph from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2018
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