Virgil H. Rhodes

March 8, 1922October 3, 2020

Virgil H. Rhodes, 98, of Overland Park, KS passed away on Oct. 3, 2020. He was born in Spadra, AR on Mar. 8, 1922 to Hamilton T. and Rosa Lee Rhodes.

Virgil had a quiet presence about him and a good family man. He was a Certified Chevrolet Mechanic for 35 years. He worked for Field Chevrolet as an auto mechanic for 30 years and Jay Wolfe for 5 years. He served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII. Virgil was a member of the American Legion Post #370, and a member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Virgil loved fishing, gardening, sports, hunting, and he was an avid bird hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 children, Sherry Deere and Steve Garrett; 2 grandchildren and 7 siblings, . He is survived by his wife, Mary D. Rhodes; daughter, Roseitta Johnson; son, Ward Rhodes; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-8pm, Wed., Oct. 7 at McGilley & Hoge Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS. Graveside service will be 1pm, Thurs., Oct. 8 at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, 701 N. 94 Street, Kansas City, KS. Online condolences may be left at


  • Hamilton T. and Rosa Lee Rhodes, Parents (deceased)
  • Sherry Deere, Daughter (deceased)
  • Steve Garrett, Son (deceased)
  • Arles Rhodes, Brother (deceased)
  • Cecil Rhodes, Brother (deceased)
  • Dana Gibbs, Sister (deceased)
  • Pauline Watson, Sister (deceased)
  • Virgie Valdevia, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty Westphal, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary D. Rhodes, Wife
  • Roseitta Johnson, Daughter
  • Ward Rhodes, Son
  • Virgil also leaves behind six grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020


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Jody DeLong

October 10, 2020

To the family of Virgil Rhodes,
Hello, my name is Jody DeLong. I worked in the office at Feld Chevrolet, and then at Jay Wolfe Chevrolet. I remember Virgil as a very nice, polite man and a great mechanic. He was just a great guy. I am so sorry for your loss. I have been thinking of you ever since I read about Virgil in the paper. It sounds like he lived well for 98 years. Bless all of you!

Anne & George Biswell

October 7, 2020

Our condolences to the Rhodes family. We're sorry we didn't get to meet your dad, Ward, and hope the memories of your life with him will sustain you. He must have been such a great guy!

Rosemary Woolery

October 6, 2020

I remember when I bought my first car and knew nothing about taking care of one. My Dad was not good at working on cars so I would take it to Uncle Virgil when it made strange noise. He always helped me, even tho he had worked all day. He was very pleased when I married Ken, because Ken worked on my car and Uncle Virgil didn't need to .

Bridget Holton-Deere

October 6, 2020

I will miss grandpa’s smile and hugs. Sending love and prayers to Grandma, Roseitta, Ward and the entire Rhodes Family.


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