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Charles M. "Chuck" Rhoades, 76, of Venus, Pinegrove Township, died at Butler Hospital on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness.
He was born in Clarion on December 26, 1941 to the late Cordon and Ruth (Wokasein) Rhoades.
Chuck was a 1961 graduate of Cranberry High School. He then served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper from 1961 through 1964.
He was a member of the Fryburg Sportsman's Club. He also served as an umpire for the P.I.A.A.
Mr. Rhoades attended St. Stephen Church in Oil City with his wife.
Chuck enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball, playing the slot machines at the casino, and scratch off lottery tickets. Above all, he was a family man and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.
He retired from Joy Manufacturing after thirty-eight years as a machinist. Following his retirement, he became a school bus driver for Cranberry Bus Company.
He was married in St. Stephen Church on September 1, 1962 to the former Rose M. Bell, and she survives.
Also surviving are five children: Charles E. Rhoades and his wife Brenda of Hurricane, West Virginia, Edward J. Rhoades and his wife Denise of Venus, Michele "Shelly" Shingledecker and her husband Gary of Grove City, Scott A. Rhoades and his wife Jill of Delaware, Ohio, and Jody M. Leas and her husband Tim of Monroe, Georgia; ten grandchildren: Alexa Hackett, Mara and Elena Rhoades, Amber Kimmell, Kenny Alsop, Romalda Rhoades, and Taylor, Kyle, Morgan, and Brooke Shingledecker; and three great-grandchildren. Chuck is also survived by four sisters, Mary Toy, Margaret Winger, Barb Finch, and Bertha McCormick; and two brothers, Harold and Philip Rhoades; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda R. Rhoades; and a sister, Bernice Kinch.
Friends and family will be received Friday (Aug. 24) from 3 - 8 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca, Cranberry Township. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home Saturday (Aug. 25) at 10 a.m. with Father John Miller, pastor of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Venus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street , Columbus, OH 43214.