WATERLOO — Everett O. Rhodes, 84, of Waterloo died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Garrett.
Mr. Rhodes worked for Essex Wire in Fort Wayne for more than 17 years before working as an engineer for the CSX Railroad where he retired in 1986, after 28 years of service.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean conflict.
Mr. Rhodes was a past commander of the Garrett American Legion Post 178, and a past member of the Pleasant Lake Lions Club and current member of the Waterloo Lions Club.
He was born Feb. 19, 1929, in Noble County to Dalton and Florence (Ott) Rhodes. He married Deloris (Ranney) Harris in March of 1990 in Angola, and she survives.
Also surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Michael V. and Penny Rhodes of Garrett, Kenny L. and Judy Rhodes of Waterloo, Timothy W. Rhodes of Garrett, and Kent A. and Geri Rhodes of Vevay; a stepson and his wife, Michael and Jennifer Harris of Spencerville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four half sisters and their spouses, LaVone and Robert Householder of LaOtto, Beverly Lutter of Kendallville, Marilyn Helgeson of Churubusco, and Nancy and Norm Stump of Cromwell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two spouses, Ruth (VanWald) Rhodes who died in 1957, and Ruby (Martin) Rhodes who died in 2003; a sister, Betty LaRue; a half sister, Hilda Wade; and a half brother, Gary Wade.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Feller and Clark Funeral Home, 875 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Friday prior to the service. Pastor K.C. Klarner will be officiating.
Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Avilla with military graveside honors being conducted by the Garrett American Legion Post 178.
Visitation will also be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with a Lions Club service beginning at 7 p.m.
Memorials are to the Waterloo Lions Club or the Garrett American Legion Post 178.