Gordon E. Rhodes, 96, Milford, passed away at 5:20 a.m., April 27, 2018, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care.
He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Pierceton, to John and Martha (Roberts) Rhodes. Rhodes married Thedia A. Michael Sept. 10, 1960, at First Brethren Church in Milford. She passed away Nov. 27, 2006.
Rhodes was a member of the U.S. Army during WWII. He had the rank of sergeant in company A, 117th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Infantry Division. He entered into combat on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He received a Purple Heart during his service and he spent time in Army hospitals in England and the U.S. as a result of shrapnel wounds. He was also received an award from the French government for his actions during the war in France. He worked at Dalton Foundries for 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 253 in North Webster for 75 years. He was a member of First Brethren Church in Milford for 58 years. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, playing Euchre, fishing and reading.
Gordon Rhodes is survived by one daughter, Julia (Paul) Schache, Fowlerton; one son, Richard Rhodes, Milford; six grandchildren: Jacob, Gabriel and Hannah Rhodes, Ann and Sarah Florea and Tyler Schache; great grandson, Aidden Schache; brothers: Jerry (Julie) Rhodes, North Webster; Dick (Sara) Rhodes, Warsaw; sister, Peggy (Hal) Minear, North Webster; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Rhodes, North Webster.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters, Evelyn (Homer) Duke, Rose (Bill) Hendricks; brothers, Jack and Bert Rhodes.
The visitation will be from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at First Brethren Church, 110 West Catherine Street, Milford. The service will be on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church. Pastor Lee Compson of First Brethren Church will officiate. The burial will take place at Milford Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Brethren Church, P.O. Box 427 Milford, IN 46542. Mishler funeral home in Milford is in charge of arrangements.