Herschel Lee Rhodes

PATOKA — Herschel Lee Rhodes, 87, of Patoka, passed away Friday November 4, 2016 surrounded by his family.

He was born July 1, 1929, in Central City the son Forrest and Lelah Padberg Garren. He married Virginia Sue Foltz, June 24, 1950, in Centralia.

picture-pubSurvivors include his wife, Virginia “Sinie” Rhodes of Patoka; two sons Joseph “Joey” Rhodes and wife Rhonda of rural Sandoval, and Mark Rhodes and wife Susan of Junction City; two daughters Marsha Johnson and husband Bruce of rural Patoka, and Pam Snyder and husband Dwight of rural Sandoval; four sisters Virginia “Ginny” Copple of Texas, Margie Underwood of Texas, Pauline Volz and husband Chris of Indiana, and Darlene Oshel of Georgia; half-sister Juanita Lanter of Carlyle; sisters-in-law Hazel Halluin and Shirley Liddle; nine grandchildren Beth Boeker, husband John, Shaun Rhodes, Jason Rhodes, wife Stephanie, Jill Schilling and husband Tracy, Mandy Rhodes, Tiffany Hails and husband Kyle, Jessica Niepoetter, husband Danny, Jarrod Rhodes, and Aimee Keller and husband Eric; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Herschel served his country with pride and honor.  He served in WWII, Korean Conflict with the B29 Bomber, CIA Operation Korona Space Capsule Discover Recovery Program as flight engineer with the C-119, The Cuban Crisis with transport of weapons for invasion troops, Dominican Republic Insurrection Operation PowerPack, Vietnam on the C-124 and Worldwide Airlift Operations.  Herschel started his military career in 1946 in the Army Air Corp.  He served Scott AFB as an aircraft field maintenance superintendent with the highest rank of a non-commissioned officer as Chief Master Sergeant. Chief Rhodes retired from the Air Force Reserve after 35 years of decorated service and logged over 5000 flight hours.

He was preceded in death by both his parents, and brother Darrell Rhodes.

Services for Mr. Rhodes will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Patoka United Methodist Church with Rev. Joey Rhodes, Ret. officiating. Interment will follow at the Sandoval Cemetery with the military rites by the Patoka American Legion Post #543.  Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Patoka United Methodist Church with the Patoka Masonic Lodge conducting services at 6 p.m.

A visitation will also be held one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patoka American Legion Post #543, Shriners Hospital, or the Patoka Methodist Church.

Online condolences and memories of Herschel may be shared with the family by visiting maczfuneralhomes.com or on Facebook.