Stephen Manford Rhodes

LAWRENCE, KS — Stephen Manford Rhodes, age 63, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Steve was born on June 29, 1950, in Newton, IA, to Samuel Manford and Shirley Sime Rhodes. Raised in Newton, IA, Steve was a 1968 graduate of Newton High School. In 1972 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in insurance from the University of Iowa, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.

On September 9, 1972, he married Constance (Connie) Jeanne Cray at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City, IA.

His passions included his children and grandchildren, fishing, golf, vegetable gardening, playing Quad City rugby, watching college basketball, and serving as an enthusiastic spectator at family sporting events. He also served on the board of the American Red Cross of Douglas County as Treasurer from 1990 to 1993.

He is survived by his loving wife, Connie; son James Manford Rhodes (Crystal) of Indian Trail, NC; daughter Laura Jeanne Rhodes Tarbell (Justin) of Hogansburg, NY; daughter Katherine Louise Rhodes Corkill (Kegan) of Dallas, TX; and eight grandchildren: Reed Manford Rhodes, Ty William Rhodes, Riley Elizabeth Rhodes, Alexander Justin Tarbell, Aaden James Tarbell, Abigail Jayne Tarbell, Ava Jeanne Tarbell, and Kinley Rhodes Corkill. Other survivors include siblings Elizabeth Rhodes Nagler (David), William Samuel Rhodes (Nancy), Sana Rhodes Zamarripa (Mark), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The family will greet friends in the foyer of the church from 10:30 to 11 a.m. A family burial service will be held at Washington Cemetery in Duncombe, IA, on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Douglas County Chapter, 2518 Ridge Court, Lawrence, KS 66046 and identifying the contribution with Steve‘s name.

Warren-McElwain Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

8 Condolences

  1. David and Cyndee "Cyd" Ferris on May 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Dear Connie and Family, Our hearts are heavy as we send loving sympathy in the loss of your beloved Steve.

    May this Bible verse bring you comfort: “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
    Revelation 2:10

    Lovingly In Christ, Cousins David and Cyd Ferris
    San Mateo, California

  2. Rae Ann Brown on May 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Dear Connie and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Rae Ann Brown

  3. Mike Reid on May 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Steve was one of the nicest men I have known and it was my pleasure to work with him.

    Mike Reid

  4. Mary Beasley on May 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    You are in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time.
    Mary Beasley

  5. Brad Hopkins on May 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Katie, Connie, and family:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Bruce Cray and Family on May 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to Connie and the Rhodes family. Steve will be greatly missed.

  7. Tasha Riggins on May 7, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Rhodes Family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Steve was such a wonderful person. Sending lots of prayers and love your way.

    Tasha Riggins

  8. Berkeley Hoflund on May 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Dear Aunt Connie, Jim, Laura, and Katie,

    My sincere condolences… I will cherish the good memories of the summer smiles and laughs we all shared together. Sending you lots of love and thoughts of peace during this difficult time.

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