VeteranRussell Rhodes

Russell F. Rhodes, 84, of Canton, formerly of Lewistown, died at 10:05 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Graham Hospital Extended Care.

He was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Mason County, a son of Harry and Clara Keest Rhodes. He married Clara Herriford on Nov. 9, 1952, in Ipava. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, David (and Kathy) of Troy, Mo., and Roger (and Sue) of Ipava; two daughters, Connie (and Jim) Diden of Canton and Janice (and Dean) Overcash of Cuba; three brothers, Gene (and Alice) of Springfield, Gerald (and Janet) of Lewistown and Larry of Florida; four sisters, Marie Morris of Pinckneyville, Donna (and Morris) Dial and Lola Rhodes, both of Springfield, and Bonnie (and Richard) Toncray of Kilbourne; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

A member and past commander of Lewistown American Post 1, he was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 311th Field Artillery, Battery B. He received the Bronze Star.

He was a co-owner and driver at Rhodes Transfer in Lewistown for many years and was a meter reader for Central Illinois Power Supply Co. until retiring in 1981. He also had worked at Weirauch Florist in Lewistown.

He was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church.

He was a scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America for 30 years.

Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with Rev. Terry Westerfield officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown, where military rites were conducted by his American Legion Post and Lewistown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5001.

Memorials may be made to his church or to any charity.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 11/5/2003

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