Dean Bernard Rhoads

September 4, 1949October 31, 2013
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Dean Bernard Rhoads, age 64, of Peoria passed away Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born September 4, 1949 in Bartonville to Delmar and Leonora Seither Rhoads. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Linda (Anderson) Rhoads of Peoria; two daughters, Aneta (Sean) Brocato of Arlington, VA and Emily Rhoads of Chesterfield, MO; one son Andrew Rhoads of Philadelphia, PA; and one brother Randall (Marianne) Rhoads of Andover, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents. Dean received a degree in mathematics and computer science in 1970 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. From 1970 to 1973, he was a computer systems analyst for Caterpillar Tractor Company. In 1976, he graduated with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law. Dean was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1976, to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the United States Tax Court. He clerked for Justice Jay J. Alloy of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District. Dean joined Sutkowski & Rhoads Ltd. formerly known as Sutkowski & Washkuhn Ltd. in 1978 and was a shareholder in the firm. He was a member of the American, Illinois State and Peoria County Bar Associations. He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law for Pension and Profit Sharing Plans. He took great pride in his work, but his focus was always his family. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 3, from 3pm to 6pm at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Additional visitation will be Monday morning at 9am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Peoria. Funeral service will follow at 10:30am. Pastor Joe Meyer will officiate. Interment will be immediately following at Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Peoria. To view Dean's memorial website please go to


  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, November 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2013

Dean Bernard Rhoads

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Janet Ogle

July 17, 2014

Linda and family, I just found out about Deans passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Many many years ago Dean used to cookout for Linda and I. I haven't seen you since I moved to Cincinnati back in 1987 but think of you often.
Kept up thru the Christmas cards every year.

Rick Price

December 26, 2013

So sorry for your loss people. Hadn't seen Dean since 1987 but I remember our intellectual battles fondly. He was three floors above my office at Cassidy, Cassidy, Meuller and Price when he clerked for judge Alloy and saw him almost daily until he went to Sutkowski's office. Clearly Dean was the smartness member of the Peoria Bar. RIP buddy!!!

Rene Kuntz

November 12, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Dean was a kind and good man. Our prayers are with you and the children.

Don Schuster

November 5, 2013

Dean was a friend of mine and the younger brother of one of my best friends. I have known him since 1954. And when you've known someone that long, you learn quite a few things about him. What I learned was that he was honest, forthright, loyal, logical, brilliant, reliable, compassionate, devoted to his family, and always willing to help someone in need. He helped me and I will miss him.

Sean Anderson

November 5, 2013

I worked with Dean for six years (2000-2006), and his intellect and humor were great to be around. My condolences.

Stacey Thuline (DeFrance)

November 4, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Stacey & Keith

Marie Harrison

November 4, 2013

Linda and family, so sorry to hear about your loss. Wiss I could have been there for services. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Miss seeing you Linda!

Jennifer Kerker

November 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Rhoads family. Dean was my first boss as a legal secretary back in 1988 for a few years. I saw him often in the bank building and he was always so pleasant to me. Very fine, intelligent man who was taken way too soon.

Janet Surratt

November 4, 2013

Linda, Aneta, Andrew & Emily - My husband and I are so very sorry for your loss. I was Dean's assistant/paralegal for 18 years at S&W. He was a great attorney, teacher, father and husband. Always willing and eager to take on a challenge! We will miss him. May you find strength in your family and friends.

Benavidez Family

November 4, 2013

Linda and children, please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of a wonderful husband and father...Dean will be missed dearly. May our Lord keep you and comfort you at this time.