Waltham – Mr. Robert E. Rhodes, of Waltham, died on Friday, January 14, 2022 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 81 years old.
Bob was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 18, 1940, a son of the late Edward and Gertrude (Peterson) Rhodes and moved to Waltham as a child. He was a lifelong resident and a 1958 graduate of Waltham High School.
He joined the United States Army and served in Vietnam for two years. During his time in Vietnam Bob befriended many people and during his off hours volunteered in an English language school assisting the teachers.
He married Doris E. Brown on October 27, 1990 in Sudbury and the pair made Waltham their home. Until his retirement Bob worked as a foreman for Waltham Chemical Company for thirty-five years.
Bob was a committed Christian and had been a lifelong member of First Congregational Church which later became Trinity Church and is now New Light Korean Church. He was also a proud member of the men's ministry at Grace Chapel in Lexington and the national Promise Keepers organization.
In addition to his wife of thirty-one years, Doris, he leaves his son, Christopher B. Rhodes of Cartersville, Georgia and his children, Aris and Corde; his Godson, Gary Teele of Athol and his wife Tiana and their children, Jamie, Jeremiah, Teresa, Natasha and Sophia; his siblings, Edward Rhodes (Beverly) of Los Angeles, California and Ada Hanes of Lake Forest, California; his brother and sisters-in-law, David and Rosie Kingsley, Pat Osborne-Brown and Margaret Panek and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Family and friends will honor and remember Bob's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, January 21st from 4 to 7 p.m.. His funeral service will be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Committal services with military honors will be held at a later date in Portland Cemetery, Portland, New York.
Know that a broadcast of Bob's funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at https://my.gather.app/remember/robert-e-rhodes
Memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 https://www.samaritanspurse.org/