John "Jack" Rhodes

February 9, 1954February 25, 2019
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John “Jack” Rhodes died peacefully on Monday, February 25, 2019 from a long battle with colon cancer. He was born February 9, 1954 to Sally Durnwald and Don “Dusty” Rhodes.

Jack was always known to have a smile on his face, kind heart and was an inspiration to his family and friends to the very end.

Jack graduated from Fremont Ross in 1972 and BGSU in 1977, and began his career at Rath Packing as a management trainee in upstate New York. After a few snow blizzards, he moved to Arizona in 1979, where he began his transportation career with Roadway Express, ascending to Assistant VP for the small parcel division, which later became FedEx Ground. His father, and a chance to raise his family in his hometown community, brought him back to Fremont in 1988, where he started Rhodes Financial Services. His sales ability was rewarded by Connecticut Mutual when he was given the Presidents Honor Award in 1989 for being the top salesman in the county. However, he maintained his interest in transportation and his expertise with Mexico shipping brought him back into the industry, where he worked for CFI and MVT as Director of Sales. He devoted a lot of time and love to the Fremont community and its developments. He was a member and President of the Fremont School Board, served on the board of the Easter Seals, YMCA, Fremont Recreation Board, and was Commodore of the Fremont Yacht Club from 2010-2013. He also worked behind the scenes on many local elections to help candidates with their election campaigns.

Jack’s biggest love was his family. He always spoke of the importance of the extended family and was affectionately known as “Papack” to his grandchildren, whom he loved. He was famous for his cooking and always having M&M’s for everyone at the house. He was the center and leader of the family, to whom everyone would gravitate. He always had a way of making you walk always feeling good about yourself and uplifted. His journey with cancer was a lesson of dogmatic optimism, in which he seldom waivered, and is well documented in his self-written book entitled “Blessed with Cancer”. His high selling book, featured on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million, has been highly praised by the critics as a must read for anyone dealing with cancer.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents and brother, David Rhodes. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife and constant companion, Patricia “Patti” Rhodes, sons; Nathan (Alison) of Phoenix, David (Rene) of Marion, MA, Tim (Beth) of Fremont, daughter, Sarah (Paul) of Fremont, stepsons; TJ Fisher (Jessica) of Columbus, Kyle (Abby) of Austin, TX, brother, Mike (Sheila) and sister, Cheryl (Thom) Reser.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm, with a tribute service beginning at 7:30pm at Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, OH, 43420. Funeral services will begin at 11am Friday, March 1, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 705 W. State Street, Fremont, Ohio, 43420. Maureen Pump will be officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Peruvian American Medical Society in honor of his friend and personal angel, Dr. Iracema Arevalo, to assist in developing her hospital for the care of the sick and poor.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Burial Friday, March 1, 2019

John "Jack" Rhodes

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Grace Sholl

March 8, 2019

Patti & family.... So sorry about the loss of Jack..he will b missed tremendously.. & sorry we didn’t know of this earlier but want u 2 know we r sending sympathy, lots of love, & prayers 2 u & ur family.... we all have so many many gd memories of our family reunion get-2-gethers....Grace & Dave & family... XX🌺❤️🌸OO

Mary Kay Farrell

March 3, 2019

Scott and I fondly remember Jack ( and you) as unofficial greeters at the FCC pool. What an engaging guy! We are so sorry Jack’s battle with cancer took his life. Our condolences to you and your family. The Farrells

Gene and Margie Kinn

March 2, 2019

We knew Jack and Patti from wintering several years in Fort Myers, FL. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Our sympathy goes out to his entire family.

Gene and Margie Kinn
Fostoria, Ohio

Susan & Charlie Pickett

March 1, 2019

Privileged to have met Jack when our niece Rene' and her fiancé' David had their engagement party. We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful role model to your family. Our hearts and prayers go to Patty, and the extended family. May you find peace in knowing that he has left a mark in this world and his memory will go on.

Kurt Brawley

March 1, 2019

The Rhodes family,

I became a friend of Jack when he was around a 7th grader. I was a 4th grader at the time. Jack was a very close friend of my brother (Kevin).. the guys (Jack, Goob, Sales, Lytle, Squirrel) use to come down and meet at our house on Wood St before heading off to Jr. High. I always remember all the boys cutting up and laughing as they awaited the last guy to get to the house and head off to school.

Later Jack and I were at BGSU at the same time. I remember him taking me around at a keg party and introducing me to so many people. I thought I knew a lot of people, it seemed he knew everyone.

As we got older we both understood the importance of our childhood friends. Every time in life after college when I saw Jack I felt I was seeing a brother!! Words were easy and a common respect of who each of us were was always there.

Jack stood tall in my eyes as well as many others. He lived life well, gave of himself to others, and always brought the house down. What a spirit, what a man, what a beautiful child of God !!

You will be missed but certainly not forgotten. Until we meet again. My love to the man.

Marty Eberly

February 28, 2019

Patti, Cheryl, and Mike,

May the warm memories from over the years bring you comfort at this time.

Marty & Wanda Eberly

Jim and Hilda Palomo

February 28, 2019

Our deepest condolences Patti, to you and your family. We are currently out of town but we wanted to let you know that we are certainly praying and thinking of you. We were blessed to know Jack for many years and his book is being an inspiration to many. He will be greatly missed.

AnnMarie Pickett

February 27, 2019

Jack, you were a loving man that lived for your family. Patti was very lucky to have you as her best friend. Thank you for sharing David with us and for loving your Jaxson and Avianna. You and your infectious smile will truly be missed.
Patti. Nate, Sara, David and Tim my heart goes out to you and your families. I pray your memories will give you comfort and may you always feel his presence amongst you.
Rest In Peace Jack 💔🙏

Sara Linker Nord

February 27, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Jack's family. I have always thought of him as a kind and upbeat man and I am sure he will be missed by many. RIP, Jack.

Jack Freeh

February 27, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Growing up, Jack was like a little brother. He was
A great guy and will be missed.