C. Dallas Rhoades
April 16, 1931 – January 19, 2020
C. Dallas Rhoades (Okemos, MI) passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at age 88. Born to Lewis E. And Bertha (Buck) April 16, 1931, the 8th of 9 children in Flint, MI, he is survived only by his younger sister, Bernice Rayburn.
Dallas graduated from Grand Blanc High School, a member of FFA, and was working on his brother Wilbur’s farm. Farming was his first career choice. He trained to inseminate cattle and planted feed crops. He served in the National Guard and was activated for rescue and cleanup after the 1953 Flint-Beecher F5 tornado. He was later advised to leave farming due to complications of Rheumatic Fever he suffered at age 9 with brother, Ralph. He went to work at the tank plant building M47 Patton tanks. He also drove ambulance for Clarence Hill.
He trained to sell insurance part time to earn extra money. This grew into a full time occupation involving a great deal of travel. He was promoted by Michigan Life to build the area of Lansing for sales. He became a general agent and trainer, earning his LUTC and CLU. He was given many awards in sales, winning many trips in Europe and vacation spots including the Bahamas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. He retired after nearly 60 years in the business.
Dallas was active in church, PTA and established the Parents Association for Educationally Handicapped Children, providing support and making tools for skills development. Dallas served as chairman of the Alaiedon Township Planning Commission for over 40 years. He was a deputy in Ingham County Posse, riding horses from his gentleman’s farm. He was also a life-long member of the Masons sponsored by his brother, Phil.
Dallas lost his wife of 39 years and high school sweetheart, Doris (Richards) in 1992. He lost his second wife of 23 years, Dolores (Dell Kranz) in 2017. He was the last surviving member of the Thursday ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He will be sorely missed by members of the McWatty Knoll Hunt Club, of which he was a founding member (1963) and by the local 49ers group.
Dallas is survived by daughter, Dawn Rhoades Jennings (partner Mike Donaldson), sons Dale Rhoades and Dean Rhoades, 3 grandkids Jennifer Weston (partner Adam Delaney), Ted Jennings (Ashleigh) and Ben Jennings (Brittany) and 6 great-grandkids. His love, passion as a family man, wisdom, loyalty, quick wit and cribbage skills are greatly missed.
The family is being served by Gorsline-Runciman. Services will be held at 205 E. Middle Street, Williamston 48895. Visitation will be held Friday evening, January 24th from 4-8 pm and Saturday, January 25th beginning at 12 noon. A celebration of life will start at 1:30pm. Condolences may be shared online at www.GReastlansing.com
- Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
- Visitation Saturday, January 25, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, January 25, 2020
C. Dallas Rhoades
January 24, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Dallas Rhoades. My now deceased husband, Jim, enjoyed spending time with Dallas at the hunt camp and the ROMEOs lunch's. I appreciated the times Dallas and Dolores would include me at different parties that we attended. Dallas will be missed. Warm regards, Lana Gallagher