Cecil L. Rhodes

Born: Sun., Nov. 1, 1936
Died: Sun., Jun. 10, 2012

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Cecil L. Rhodes, 75, of Oblong, died 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at the Ridgeview Care Center, Oblong, Illinois.
Born in Alma, Michigan on November 1, 1936, to Charles Rhodes and Bertha (Wood) Rhodes. He grew up on the family farm the youngest of three children. Older sister Mildred "Millie" and one brother Wallace "Wally".

He graduated from Oblong High School in 1954. He was in the Air Force for four years; during that time he was stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland. He was a part of the Radar Control Center team during the Cold War.
He worked for over 26 years at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and retired as Supervisor of the Electronic Research and Maintenance Lab. In retirement he moved back to the family farm. He attended several Churches and Sunday school classes in Oblong and Robinson. He enjoyed reading and loved taking care of his cats. He was a recent resident of the Brookstone Community in Robinson and enjoyed the friendships he made there.

He was a Very Special Uncle and friend. Survived by his two nephews and niece-in-law, Patrick & Peggy McLaughlin, Canton, Georgia and Richard McLaughlin of Columbus, Ohio; two great nephews, Chandler and Dillon McLaughlin, Canton, Georgia; special cousins Dean and Wanda Rhodes and special friends and neighbors Brian, Brenda and Chassey Lingafelter, Anna Fay Bush and Rev. Orlyn Cochran and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, sister and brother-in-law.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2012, at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Illinois. Burial will be in the Oblong Cemetery, Oblong, Illinois. There will be no visitation before the service. The family request that in lieu of flowers honorariums be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice or the Humane Society with envelopes at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, P.O. Box 121, Oblong, Illinois 62449.
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06/12/2012 -

Charlotte Cannon

Cecil was a sweetheart and I will miss him. He had a great sense of humor and he loved his cats! He didn't however, like poultry. He always reminded me of Clarence the Angel in the movie, It's A Wonderful Life. I am sure he is in heaven surrounded by the things and people he loves and in no time he will earn his very own wings. R.I.P. Cecil and thanks for all the wonderful conversations we had.

09/02/2012 -

Cheena Srinivasan

Cecil was a wonderful colleague at OSU. He was always calm, had a wonderful sense of humor, and I'll always remember how fondly he listened to Carl Haas' commentary on classical music on public radio.

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