Clarence D. Rhoads 87, WWII veteran, Armstrong supervisor

By on February 13, 2013

Clarence D. "Bud" Rhoads, 87, of Lititz, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Luther Acres after a brief illness.

Born in Warwick Township, Clarence and his wife, Norma Elaine Grube Rhoads, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Jan. 25. Clarence and Norma met when he was 17 years old at a local swimming hole, and they became life partners. He was the son of the late Clarence H. and Ella Dittman Rhoads.

Clarence retired in 1989 as the shift supervisor at the Armstrong Floor Plant, after working 43 years. Years prior, he took up the hobby of carving when he worked for Sensenig Brothers in Lititz, and at one time he was in farming with Christian Hess and drove a coal truck for Kline’s.

He proudly served his country with the United States Army Air Force during World War II, returning to marry Norma in 1947.

A member of the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, he served as the former superintendent of the Sunday school and sang in the choir. Growing up, he listened to hymns, played the organ, and, along with his eight siblings, learned to love music, including gospel and country.

He picked up various hobbies, including repairing radios and televisions for family, and he became the "jack of all trades" and a master carver of peach seeds. He will be remembered by many who received his carvings, as he loved to leave them at favorite restaurants.

He also enjoyed the family cabin in Clinton County, which he helped to build, vacationing at Atlantic City, and collecting coins.

He will be remembered by his loving wife: Norma; and four children: Dennis L., husband of Carol Rhoads, Ephrata; Randall D. Rhoads, Mountville; Rodney E., husband of Natalie, Lititz; and Bonnie S. Votano, Manheim; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters: Anna Mae, wife of Robert Kulp, Manheim; Stella Mary Steffy, Delaware; and Ruth Ditzler, Hershey.

He was preceded in death by four sisters: Mabel Gochenour, Arlene Andrew, Kathryn Dubbs and Hilda Douple; and a brother: Paul Rhoads.

Bud’s life celebration funeral service will take place at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David A.B. Rike officiating. Interment will be at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the church.

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