Charles Wesley Rhodes

August 1, 1929March 20, 2018
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Charles Wesley Rhodes was born on August 1, 1929 and passed away on March 20, 2018


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Eric R Rhodes

September 15, 2018

My dad was a good skipper on all the boats we had as a family. His work in broadcast engineering set the standards we enjoy today globally. I’m really still dealing with his passing, so many memories it is overwhelming. The Gone Wakki 2 was 26 tons and 46 feet at the water line long.

He upgraded the engines as well, and that boat at 46 feet long could due 17 knots!

All the fishing trips we did on that boat sure fed a lot of our family friends canned smoked salmon each year back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. And all the trips to the San Juan islands are some of my foundest memories..

I was the son who kinda followed his interests in a different end of the electromagnetic spectrum in semiconductors in ultra bright leds and laser diodes for fiber optic telecom today. CO2 lasers were my final goal as a Laser applications Engineer at three large industrial laser manufacturing companies, I helped him develop an antennae for receiving HDTV signals as a small project he was working on, it worked of course. I’m struggling over the loss of both of my parents in just over a year apart...Lightspeed Dad, the world lost one of the most briilant Broadcasting engineers we ever had. His life’s work is on every television screen on earth..

I’m at a loss for words right now...

Susan Lamb

March 27, 2018

There are many memories I have when Wes was married to my mother from 1969 till 1977. He built us a house and my sister Julie and I helped him build a fence around it. We were 10 and 13 at the time. He had a swimming pool put in the back yard where we spent many summers playing in with our friends. He took us out on his 52ft yacht called "Gone Wacky" on the Columbia River and once to the San Juan Islands near Victoria BC. He entertained a lot with our mom with people from the Columbia River Yacht Club and colleagues from Tektronix. Even though we had our differences (mostly my teenage years of defiance) but we cared about each other and kept in touch the last 15 years or so. I would have liked to have seen him again before he passed away. He sent a late Christmas card saying as much but it wasn't meant to be. Rest in peace knowing you were loved and thank you for all you taught us growing up. Good times, bad times, it doesn't matter you were a significant part of our lives. Susan Lamb