‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Eldon's visitation.

Eldon Rhodes

A celebration of life for Eldon W. Rhodes, 96 of Kalona will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM at East Union Mennonite Church with Pastor Sonya Stauffer Kurtz officiating.  Burial will follow at East Union Cemetery in rural Kalona.  Visitation will be held Friday, April 25 from 2 – 7 PM at East Union Mennonite Church fellowship hall.  A memorial fund has been established for East Union Mennonite Church and Pleasantview Home. Eldon Rhodes died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Pleasantview Home in Kalona.

Eldon Wayne Rhodes was born August 6, 1917 in rural Kalona, Iowa, the son of Chris J. and Eliza (Gingerich) Rhodes.  He attended rural schools and played basketball for Sharon High School, graduating in 1934.  On December 24, 1939 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Miller at the bride's parent's home in rural Kalona.  Eldon was baptized in 1930 and was a lifelong member of East Union Mennonite Church where he served in many ways, including church trustee, Sunday School superintendent and teacher of all ages.  He also served on the school board at Iowa Mennonite School.  Eldon was a farmer all of his life and enjoyed Hawkeye basketball and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy of Kalona, Iowa, four children: Colleen (John) Stoltzfus of Goshen, Indiana, Dale (Charlene) Rhodes of Riverside, Iowa, Dean (Becky) Rhodes of Goshen, Indiana, Lana (John) Mills of Creede, Colorado, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

Preceding Eldon in death were his parents, four brothers: Frank, John, Omar and Emery Rhodes, three sisters; Ella Hostetler, Katie Frey and Alta Marner, a granddaughter in law, Heidi Siemens-Rhodes, and a great granddaughter, Willa Siemens-Rhodes.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Eldon Rhodes, please visit our flower store.


Dear Family of Eldon Rhodes, I want to express my sinceresympathy for the loss of your loved one. You can be sure that comfort and hope are found in the pages of the Bible. In the Bible bookof John 5: 21.we are told" For just as the Father raises the dead up and makes them alive, so the Son also makes alive whomever he wants to"this is sucha wonderful hope for us and to remind us that we can see our loved ones and friends again. Take care of yourselves and keep those precious memories of your loved one close. Sincerely Mrs Sandi Watkins

Mrs. Sandi Watkins Apr 27 2014 12:00 AM

Eldon was a Godly man, he showed us how to live a positive Christian life including difficult circumstances.I only new him as a positive Christian person who was an encourager.I am grateful for his personal encouragement to me and my family.I pray that God will bless all of your family. I am grateful to have know all of you, and having the opportunity to have worked with you all musically.We will be praying for all of your family, and that God will grant you wisdom and comfort. Harold Blosser and family

Harold Blosser & Sonya Blosser Apr 25 2014 12:00 AM

AZALEA PLANT was sent by Rebecca Beachy Miller.We're sorry for the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. May God give you peace and comfort during your time of sorrow. Love Rebecca, Tom & Ava

Rebecca Beachy Miller Apr 24 2014 12:00 AM