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home : obituaries : obituaries August 28, 2014


6/4/2014 3:27:00 PM
Clyde Rhodes

Clyde Herbert Rhodes, 82, of Barron, WI, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at his home in Barron, WI. Clyde was born on July 16, 1931 to Walter and Emily (Adams) Rhodes on their farm near Prairie Farm, WI. He was the ninth of twelve children.
He lost his father at the young age of ten and his mother passed away when he was only 15. He survived all 12 of his siblings and has finally been reunited with them.
At the age of only 13, he became his mother's sole help on the farm. After his mother's death, he worked at various cheese factories for a time and then went to work for Ray and Freda Simon at Four-Town Cheese Factory. They and their children became a second family to him as he resided with them.
In 1951 Clyde enlisted in the army. Here he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant Army, Airborne Division as well as the respect of the men who served with him. After his discharge in 1954 he moved to Evansville, WI where he met and married his "dream girl" Eleanor Nimmo. They were married on September 18, 1954 and moved to Barron in June of 1955 where they lived ever since.
Clyde worked for Wright Products in Rice Lake for many years as a plant engineer, production engineer and finally as the environmental engineer. Clyde invented and built much of the machinery and equipment used to produce door hardware. He retired in July of 1996. He also served on the Barron City Council for 20 years. He retired in the fall of 1997 to serve with Eleanor on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in
Columbus, Ohio.
Clyde loved the outdoors and activities with his family such as boating, waterskiing, camping and hunting with sons and grandsons. He was well known for his ability to fix almost anything and he would often be found using his talents to serve others. He would give special attention to the widowed and the fatherless. His hobbies following retirement included restoring old 1930 engines and antique farm tractors.
Clyde is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Eleanor of Barron, WI; children, Diane Rhodes of Appleton, WI, Robert (Lynne) Rhodes of Oshkosh, WI, Ronald (Debbie) Rhodes of Spokane, WA and Rebecca (Jeffery) Edstrom of Buffalo, WY. He leaves behind 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Emily Rhodes; three brothers; and eight sisters.
Clyde will be greatly missed but taught his family that this life is not the end; it is only a pause in the Creators' Eternal Plan of Salvation.
Services for Clyde were held on Wednesday, June 4 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barron, WI. Bishop Patrick Roper was officiating. Burial was in Wayside Cemetery in Barron, WI. Arrangements were being handled by Rausch & Steel Funeral Home in Barron, WI. Online condolences can be made at

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