John Rhodes

June 17, 2012 • Obituaries


A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Hagerman, for John “MJ” Rhodes, 86, of Hagerman, who passed away June 13, 2012. The Rev. Stephen Deutsch of First Presbyterian Church will officiate, with interment to follow in Hagerman Cemetery. Honors will be provided by [auth] the Masons and the Veterans Honor Guard.

MJ was born June 18, 1925, in Hagerman. He married Bertha Lawing on Sept. 11, 1948, in Hagerman. She survives him at the family home.

Other survivors include a daughter Paula Dorn Blaser and her husband, of Roswell; granddaughter Amy Mathews and a great-granddaughter, Molly Mathews.

MJ was a farmer. He served his country in the United States Navy in World War II. He was a drag racer, a member of the Hagerman Car Club, Felix Masonic Lodge No. 29, of Hagerman, York Rite, Order of Eastern Star No. 8, Shriners and Little Hookers, and drove the Model-T Fire Truck during the parades. He was a fiddler and participated in contests. He was also the chairman of the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Fiddler Contest.

Pallbearers will be the Masons.

Friends may pay respects online at

Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

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