Bob Rhoads

February 6, 2013 • Obituaries


Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Waymaker Church for Bob Rhoads, 81, of Roswell, who passed away on Feb. 5, 2013. Pastor Mike Knowlton of Waymaker Church will be officiating.

Bob Rhoads was a man who had determined to do those things that he knew to be right, and stay away from the things that he knew to be wrong and let God take care of the rest of it. His personal faith in God was [auth] his ultimate guide for every area of his life.

Bob knew that a Christian marriage should be marked by love, respect and harmony, and he was a husband who loved and cherished his wife Darlene. They were married for 55 years, and their marriage was marked by the same traits of love, respect and harmony. Bob and Darlene had the type of love that others aspire to. It was hard to imagine one of them without the other; so it wasn’t surprising that they entered eternity within 3 weeks of each other. He is also preceded by his parents Harold and Rachel Rhoads and one brother, Carl Burke Rhoads.

Bob also understood that it was right as a godly father to lead by example. He trained his sons to follow after God with all of their hearts. He was loved and admired by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob recognized that it was right to do your work wholeheartedly as unto the Lord, and he set a wonderful example for his family to follow. Bob’s work career spans nearly seven decades and included paperboy, grocery clerk, bookkeeper and business owner. In 1964, he established Rhoads Plumbing and Heating Co., which is recognized as one of New Mexico’s premier mechanical contracting companies.

Bob Rhoads was a longtime faithful member of Waymaker Church, the Roswell Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He was a member of numerous trade organizations and served on the Governor’s task force for the building industry.

Bob Rhoads was a faithful servant of God and will be greatly missed by his family, church family, friends and community.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Rhoads and his wife Lynette, of Roswell, Larry Rhoads and his wife Tammy, of Edmond, Okla.; two brothers, Donald Rhoads, of San Andreas, Calif., Verne Rhoads, of Lubbock, Texas; one sister, Dorothy Driver, of McMinville, Ore.

Pallbearers will be Rodrick Rhoads, Jonathan Jantz, Westin Rhoads, E.J. Martinez, Vernon Rhoads, Kevin Rhoads and Jamie Pack.

Memorials may be made to the Waymaker Church Children’s Ministry at 202 S. Sunset, Roswell, NM 88203.

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Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapels.

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