Richard E. Rhoads, 84, Warner-Lambert retiree, played on the first MCHS football team, enjoyed sailing

By on March 22, 2017

Richard E. “Ernie” Rhoads, 84, of Manheim, died peacefully on Monday March 13, 2017, at Lancaster General Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Marilyn T. Rhoads, who died in January. Born in Lancaster he was the son of the late George and Mildred (Ginder) Rhoads.

Ernie was an employee of the former Warner-Lambert Inc. of Lititz for 33 years before retiring as a production manager. Ernie was a graduate of Manheim Central High School, and was a member of its first football team; he was also a member of the 1949-1950 Section 1 Basketball Championship team.

He attended Millersville University. Ernie enjoyed many types of athletics, including swimming, golf, and playing in tennis tournaments with his wife. He was a member of the Susquehanna Yacht Club and raced sail boats with his wife. Ernie was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manheim, and was a member of the Manheim Historical Society.

Surviving are two sons: James Richard, husband of Peggy Heine Rhoads, of Rheems; Kenneth G. Rhoads of Manheim; and a grandson: Gregory Rhoads.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Kathryn Rhoads.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Ernie’s memorial service at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2 S. Hazel St., Manheim, on Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Manheim Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Ernie’s memory may be sent to: the Manheim Historical Society, P.O. Box 396, Manheim PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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