Gary Lynn Rhoades, 72, of Lebanon, entered into the presence of his heavenly Father in the early hours of August 7, 2019.
He was born to Robert E. Rhoades and Jean A. Rhoades on September 15, 1946. He was a 1964 graduate of Lebanon High School, and upon graduation he enlisted with the United States Navy. Gary proudly served his country for four years as a Submariner. His service included time aboard the USS Torsk, the USS Cutlass, and the USS Jallao. After completing his faithful service to this great nation, Gary worked the remainder of his career with Praxair, Inc.
Outside of his full-time work, Gary raised some of the finest Red Angus beef cattle on this side of the Mississippi. He enjoyed spending time with his dog Coco, woodworking, writing, and building some of the most intriguing contraptions to help simplify the daily chores of life. His love of country, devotion to family, and child-like devious nature will be greatly missed by those who knew him best. And, never to be forgotten, his world-famous baked macaroni and cheese.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Larry E. Rhoades. Gary is survived by his sisters, Jane McKinsey (Steve) of Gallatin, MO, and Susan Roseboom (David) of Whitestown, IN. He also leaves behind two nieces, four nephews, six great-nieces, and nine great-nephews.
Family and friends will gather Saturday, August 10, 2019, for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. with Pastor Rick Adkins officiating, in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Gary will be laid to rest with Military Rites at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.
Memorial contributions may be made to Life’s Journey of Avon ( or the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, 7470 S State Road 267, Lebanon, IN 46052.

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