DUNCOMBE - Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, 82, of rural Duncombe, moved on to be with God, on Sunday, March 18, 2012 with his wife and three children at his bedside at Friendship Haven. He would have been amazed at the beautiful 80 degree weather in March, a day we were blessed to share with him.
A Celebration of a full and joyous life will be held on Friday, March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Washington Township Cemetery in Duncombe with Military Graveside Rites. Visitation will be on Thursday March 22nd, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home, with a Masonic Service at 6 p.m.
Harold Lamoine Rhodes was born on December 4, 1929 in his family's farmhouse by the country doctor who arrived via horse and wagon. He attended grade school at Washington Township #4 in Evanston; Fort Dodge High graduating in 1948; Iowa State College and graduated with a degree in animal husbandry in 1958, after serving three years in the Army in Korea. Dusty was in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in college and served as a counter intelligence officer in the Army.
HAROLD “DUSTY” RHODES
Dusty was married to Darlene Clark Rhodes, originally of Mason City, his "lady bug", on November 28, 1964. He farmed until his retirement in 2002. He loved his family with pride and enjoyed his children and grandchildren, rarely missing an athletic event, 4H outing or music concert. Dusty is survived by his wife Darlene of 47 years, and daughters Denise Eilers and her husband Todd of Winnebago, Illinois, Angie Copper and her husband Greg, Humboldt, and son Dr. Rob Rhodes and his fiancee Lora Eldred, Lincoln, Nebraska. "Papa" had 6 grandchildren: Ben, Sara, and Jillian Eilers; and Alex, Rachel and Claire Copper.
He was preceded in death by: parents Robert and Dorothy "Dana" Mott Rhodes; siblings Robert L. Rhodes, Samuel "Manford" Rhodes, Dorothy Rhodes Warner, and Marian Rhodes Ferris.
Dusty received his 50 year Masonic pin and certificate from the Ashlar Lodge #111. He was a 34 year member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and rode in countless parades with his motorcycle unit raising money for the Shrine Hospitals. Dusty sold peanuts and onions at their annual fundraisers. He enjoyed sharing his home grown sweet corn for their annual chicken dinner and sharing garden items with friends and neighbors.
Dusty was active in Farm Bureau, serving on their Board and was membership co-chair. Dusty worked for the ASCS office for over forty years, measuring land and sealing bins. He was a member of the American Legion Post 491. Dusty enjoyed woodworking, gardening, golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time at Lake Panorama. He enjoyed playing senior golf at Webster City Country Club with the "Old Wobblies". Dusty finally hit that hole in one in heaven!
Memorials may be left to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Shriners Hospital at 2025 East River Parkway Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414.