ARCOLA – Donald "Don" Rhodes, 94, of Arcola passed away at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30, 2016) in Arcola.
Don was born March 8, 1922, to Earl U. and Alice (Bieber) Rhodes in Effingham County. He married Phyllis Wentworth in May 1948, in West Frankfort, Ill. She passed away in July 1986.
Don and Phyllis had three children, Linda (Jack) Green of Eureka, Ill., Don "Dusty" (Luana) Rhodes of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Pat (Ken) Sargent of Tuscola. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kelly (Dan) Hadfield and Travis McCollum (Chevi Guthrie), all of Eureka, Austin Rhodes of Seattle, Emily (Rick) Griffin of Millersville, Mo., Bethany (David) Preusser of Jackson, Mo., Cathy (Chris) Matheny of Charleston, and Keith Sargent (Gabrielle Corcoran) of Elburn; 10 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo; and several nieces and nephews.
In November 1987, he married Peggy Ashmore of Oakland. She survives. Don is also survived by two stepchildren, Roger (Rhoda) Ashmore of Oakland and Sherri (Mike) Duzan of Kansas, Ill.; six stepgrandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and a stepdaughter-in-law, Noky Ashmore of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Phillip Rhodes of St. Elmo; his sister, Zona Beck of Forsyth; a brother-in-law, Glen Beck, missing in action in 1943; and a stepson, Mike Ashmore of Monticello.
Don was in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1947, a 1st Lieutenant bomber pilot in the Pacific Theater and flew B-24 bombers. Following his discharge from the service, he began working in construction. He also worked at Ashland Oil & Refinery in St. Elmo and then was employed as a general maintenance superintendent at the USI/Quantum Chemical plant in Tuscola from 1952 until he retired in 1988.
He was active in the Arcola Lions Club, Masonic Lodge No. 366, VFW, American Legion and the Tri-County Shriner's Club. Don was also a member of Arcola United Methodist Church.
His hobbies included flying remote-controlled airplanes, and he was a master craftsman, working in his shop with metal and woodworking tools.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St. in Arcola. The Rev. Donald Winch will officiate. Burial with military rites conducted by the Arcola VFW and the Arcola American Legion will be in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the funeral home with Masonic rites conducted by the Arcola Masonic Lodge 366 A.F. and A.M. at the close of the visitation.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Shiners Hospital