Celebrating the life of Donald Eugene Rhoades
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Donald Eugene Rhoades, Sr., 90, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Services will be held on Saturday, November 23 at Graceland Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the national Alzheimer’s Association.
Donald was born on August 27, 1923 In Zionsville, Indiana, the son of Samuel and Lottie Rhoades. After graduating from East High School in Sioux City, Iowa, Don married Shirley Kingsbury on February 20, 1943. Don and Shirley have been married for 70 years and have three children, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Don enlisted in the Army of the United States and honorably served his country until being discharged on August 9, 1945. Donald was a decorated 1st Lt. Pilot flying the B-17.
After the war Don finished his college education earning his BA from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and his MA from the University of Iowa. Don started his career as a teacher and coach in Bronson, Iowa. He then moved on to become the Principal at Corning, Iowa and was recruited by the University of Iowa to become the Veteran’s Certifying Official. He was then promoted to Registrar, then the Director of Admissions, and finally the Dean of Student Administrative Services. In 1969 Don and family moved to Eugene, Oregon where he became the Registrar at the University of Oregon. His final move was back to Des Moines, Iowa to Drake University as the Director and Professor of the Rehabilitative Job Development and Placement Institute.
Don made a lasting impression in so many people’s lives. He was given the nickname “The Eagle” which is fitting for the man who held strong to his beliefs, cared for and protected his family and led by example encouraging all to “fly higher”.
Don would tell you his greatest achievement was marrying his true love till death do you part which was 70 years later. Don and Shirley shared the same philosophy that family comes first. They were involved with the City High booster club, active in their church, and developed life-long friendships. They shared a love for nature “playing in the dirt” creating impressive vegetable and flower gardens and made a wildlife heaven for birds. Don loved to build bird houses and feeders for himself and his extended families. It was said Don was really a farmer at heart always having homes that included plenty of land and even barns to keep his chickens, goats, cattle, dogs and cats in style. He also enjoyed Canadian fishing trips with his family and many friends from his hometown of Zionsville, Indiana. He invented the skill of slip bobber fishing and took great pride catching the largest Walleye using this technique.
His family celebrates his life and look forward to when we will all be together again in our final heavenly life.
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