Birth: Jul. 25, 1949
Death: Aug. 3, 2006
AUSTIN, MINN. — Daniel Joseph Rhodes, age 57, died peacefully at his home on Aug. 3, 2006, surrounded by his family after a brief illness with cancer.
He was a loving, helpful and caring husband, son, brother and uncle. Dan was a wonderful friend to many. He wasn't afraid to die because he knew his Lord and loved Him with his whole heart. His Christian example was a blessing to others.
He was born July 25, 1949, to Harold and Hester (Buxton) Rhodes in Austin, Minn. Dan attended the Southgate Elementary School and graduated from Austin High School in 1968. He worked at several jobs in his years, at Red Owl Foods, The Red Cedar Inn, Cedar Group Homes as a caregiver, Quality Pork, Elden's IGA Foodliner, Tandem Products and at Hy-Vee Foods.
He was united in marriage with Mary Freed on June 19, 1993, at the Fellowship United Methodist Church in Austin. Every Saturday he and his mother would enjoy breakfast, Bible study and long walks together. He enjoyed singing in choirs at the Church of Christ and the Northwestern Singers. In his younger years he was active in triathlons, biking, playing on church softball leagues, playing piano, swimming and gardening, as well as teasing Pepper, the family dog, and summers at the family cabin near Park Rapids.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Rhodes, of Austin, Minn.; mother, Hester Rhodes, of Austin, Minn.; mother-in-law, Florence Freed, of Austin, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law: Nancy and Stephen Roanhorse, of Sanders, Ariz.; April and Tim Lund, of Elk River, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Lonnie and Susan Rhodes, of Owatonna, Minn.; Caleb and Rose Rhodes, of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Andrew and Audrey Rhodes, of Bemidji, Minn.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He will be deeply missed, but will always be in our hearts.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Grace Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon Larson officiating. Interment will be in the Hoflanda Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary today from 4-7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church for one hour before the service.