RHODE, Robert R. “Captain Bob” – of Chesaning, died Saturday, August 14, 2021, at his residence. He was 85 years of age.
Bob was born February 22,1936 in Detroit to the late Richard and Dorothy (Esch) Rhode, grew up in Remus, MI, and was a resident of Chesaning since 1963. He married his college sweetheart, Claudia Lomerson on August 9, 1958, in Royal Oak. Bob was a teacher and coach for 6 years in Remus, MI then came to Chesaning where he retired from Chesaning Union Schools in 1993 with more than 30 years of service. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Lewiston United Congregational Church of Christ. Along with the many civic organizations he participated in and the awards he received, he was a Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, Assistant Superintendent and then Superintendent for 17 years. Bob was happy to serve his community as Captain of the Showboat for 37 years. Bob owned and operated Rhode’s Strawberry and Raspberry Farm that brought him much joy. He enjoyed providing jobs for kids, giving them spending money and teaching them how to work.
Surviving are: wife of 63 years, Claudia; daughters: Jill Rhode of E. Lansing, Joanne Rhode of Mt. Pleasant, Jane (Jeff) Trimper of Stanton, Sally (Bill) Carroll of Williamston; grandchildren: Max Trimper, Mark Carroll, Sam Trimper, Grace Carroll, and Jackson Carroll; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was also preceded in death by: a granddaughter, Maddie Trimper in 2005; and a sister, Joyce Baumann in 2021.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesaning. Pastor Janine Plum and Pastor Dave Engel officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 12 noon until time of service at 2 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to Pediatric Leukodystrophy Research Fund Joanne Kurtzberg, MD Director, Marcus Center for Cellular Cures at Duke University, PBMT Program 2400 Pratt Street, Room 9026 Durham, NC 27705.
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