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Robert Wayne Rhoades

June 19, 1950 — February 19, 2023

Robert Wayne Rhoades, 72, of Middle Point, passed away February 19, 2023 at Vancrest of Van Wert. He was born on June 19, 1950, in Van Wert, to the late Paul "Dusty" and Betty Lou (Lininger) Rhoades.

Bob was a 1968 graduate of Lincolnview High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Defiance College. He retired from BF Goodrich as a tread designer and later worked at Eaton for several years.

Bob was a member of the Sons of AmVets Post 698 in Middle Point, American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert and of the Van Wert VFW Post # 5803. Whether it was serving food or placing flags on deceased verteran's graves, Bob always volunteered when he could. A gregarious person, Bob enjoyed attending the parties and social gatherings offered by these verteran's organizations. Bob deeply loved his family and always maintained a close relationship with them, especially with his brothers.

Survivors include his daughter, Melissa (Jeff Grayson) Roth of Westerville; son, Scott (Becky McKenzie) Rhoades of Middle Point; brothers: Tom (Brenda) Rhoades; Jim (Elaine) Rhoades, both of Van Wert; granddaughter, Claira Rhoades of Bowling Green; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, March 4th, 2023 at American Legion Post 178, 631 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Robert`s memory may be sent to The National Veterans Foundation's (NVF) Lifeline for Vets

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 4, 2023

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

American Legion Isaac Van Wert Post 178,

631 W Main St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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