Dennis L. Rhoads Sr., 68, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.
Born in Plymouth, Indiana on April 17, 1953, Dennis was the son of Norman and Maudie (Gaines) Rhoads. He graduated from Plymouth High School.
Dennis would meet Rose May Sibert in an arcade and the rest is history. The two would wed in Plymouth on October 28, 1972, and to their union have a son Dennis Jr.
He worked for Bomarko for 30 years and retired as a supervisor. Dennis also owned and operated Rhoads Lawn Care in Plymouth; a business his grandson hopes take over to carry on his legacy.
Dennis was a man with a beautiful spirit and a whole-hearted family man. He was a God loving man who brought many friends and family to form a relationship with their Savior. He respected all and had a deeper respect for nature. Dennis taught his family to treat others how you want to be treated. He was very proud of his Cherokee Native American heritage and because of this, focused a lot on genealogy.
In his earlier years, he had an outstanding skill in archery. He held many state and national titles, the biggest being ranked #1 in the world. Through this sport, he got to meet Ted Nugent. Rosa and he put their 1973 Plymouth Gold Duster in many car shows and won many trophies. His greatest enjoyment was being with his family. Whether it be fishing, hunting, camping or just large family get together, they were his world. He was also a member of Shiloh Wesleyan Church in Plymouth.
He is deeply missed by his loving wife, Rosa of Plymouth, and their son, Dennis (Brianne) Rhoads Jr. of Plymouth; grandchildren: Gavin, Mahaylah and Jalen; siblings: Norman T. Rhoads, Darwin Rhoads, Martha Guerra, George Rhoads as well as several nieces and nephews; and sister and brothers-in-law: Bev (Terry) Kovacs, Alec (Val) Bailes and Michael Bailes.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Arman, Charlie, Nepi, Lena, Marilyn, Linda, Ron and Rick.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 11-1 p.m. at Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Road, Plymouth, IN. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Rich VanVuren officiating.
Burial will be in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to at Shiloh Wesleyan Church, 10532 4B Road, Bremen, IN 46563.
Judy Gaines says
So very sorry to hear of Denny s passing. Prayers for peace n comfort. Judy Gaines Christina Gaines Adam Gaines. 🙏🙏🙏
Rose and family im so sorry for the loss of Dennis, I prayed so hard for him hoping he’d get better and go home to you. Love and prayers to you and the family
Mia Rhoads says
He was one of the first people to hold me as a baby at church! He was an amazing man! A man of faith and a man who loved his family!!! R.I.P Uncle Dennis
Lois& Marc says
So sorry for your loss Rose, Den Jr. and entire family. He was such an awesome man. Sending prayers for the family. Love you all
Tim jordan says
So sorry to hear about Dennis
George Rhoads says
We have always been proud of Dennis for being a great father, brother, and friend. Everyone spoke well of him and for the best of reasons. He was always a straight shooter, Christian, friend, kind , God loving MAN.
He will really, really be missed here on earth, but we are confident we will see him in Heaven, right where he will fit right in beautifully. Goodbye for now Dennis, we will see you soon.
George Rhoads says
We are so sorry to see Dennis leave so soon, but we have always been proud of him and his family. God Bless , and comfort you all. We will pray for you all. LOVE YOU ALL
George & Peggy Rhoads
John and Jan Gaines says
Dear Rose, little Den and family,
You know how hard we all prayed for God to heal our sweet nephew. God did give him total healing, just not the way we wanted. We are so lucky we know we will be with him again one day. We love ❤️ all of you, and will miss Den so much! Love Uncle John and Aunt Jan
Laura Bonnell says
Sending our deepest sympathy to Rose and family. Laura Bonnell and Jennifer Carnegie
Rosie & family
When i got word of Den’s passing my heart broke for the family , Den was a rock and loved his family so much. We know where he is but it is still heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you all , We loved him and have great memories to hold on to.
Love you and we will miss you dear cousin.
Rhonda ( Gaines )Bonnell says
My deepest sympathy to you Rosie and little Den. I have years and years of fond memories of Dennis. I especially enjoyed shooting archery with him. He was such a great person. I am so sorry for your loss.
Shawna Menser says
So sorry for your guys lost our prayers are with you all..
Ramon Pynaert says
Very sorry to hear this sad news of Dennis passing Rose and family. I had the pleasure of working with Dennis in 1979-1981 at Goodyear Tire. He was a hard worker and straight shooter. He was a soft speaker but his stories of hunting and fishing spoke volumes.
RIP Dennis ! Enjoy that great hunting grounds in Heaven