Rodney E. Rhoads died peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines. He was 82. Rodney was born in Des Moines on August 22, 1934 to Glenn and Daisy Rhoads.
Rodney was involved in many activities throughout his childhood, including basketball, baseball, track and ROTC. He graduated from Des Moines North 1953. After high school he attended Drake University, graduating in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
While attending Drake he played baseball for the Bulldogs, was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and the Air Force ROTC. Rodney married his high school sweetheart Sally McClure on November 21, 1956. After graduating Rodney entered the United Sates Air Force as a commissioned officer. He and 3 other Air Force members opened Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota in 1957. He returned to Des Moines in 1959 to pursue civilian employment at Bodin Van Dorn Men’s Apparel as a store manager. He joined the Iowa Air National Guard where he served for 28 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1969, he became part owner of Johnson’s Clothing Store, and ultimately given full ownership of the clothing store, Johnson’s Uptown Clothing where he later changed its name to Rhoads Uptown Clothing. In 1992 he joined the sales staff at Mr. B’s Clothing where he retired in 2002.
Throughout his life he was involved in “The Breakfast Club,” Drake University Alumni, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the founding president of the Iowa Chapter of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. He also played basketball for the KIOA High Hoopers.
Rodney was always involved in coaching youth sports, and played 16” slow pitch softball for Reames Frozen Noodles. He coached, played and sponsored many softball teams throughout the years.
Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Jackie Wallace, his stepmother, and wife Sally. He is survived by two brothers Terry (Carol) Farley Souderton, PA, Norman (Dixie) Farley, Irving, Virginia, sister Janie (Bill) Riddle, Glendale, Arizona, sons Timothy (Julie) Rhoads of Marshalltown, Todd (Michele) Rhoads of Des Moines, and daughter Tina (Carl) Rogers of Johnston, six grandchildren, one great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Michael O’Connor and staff, and Taylor House Hospice.
The visitation will be held at First Christian Church in Des Moines on Friday from 11:00am – 1:00pm, and a celebration of life will follow at 1:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church.