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In Memory of Herman Rhode Jr.


March 4, 1921 - January 16, 2019

Herman Fredrick Rhode Jr., 97, returned to his Heavenly home on January 16, 2019. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in the Lord gave him peace throughout his life. Herman was born on March 4, 1921, in Cumberland WI, to Herman Sr. and Martha (Partlow) Rhode. He married the love of his life and best friend Mae Ranallo on May 23, 1948. He worked 32 years at 3M, loved going to the deer shack with the boys, and taking his dog, Tippy, for long walks. Later in his life he married Grace Tosterud who was a wonderful companion and friend. He possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout his life he maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. Herman's gift of joy shown through his constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten. He was a kind, kind man, who loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A devoted grandpa, great-grandpa, and father, who made his children and grandchildren proud to call him Dad/Grandpa.

The family is deeply grateful to the outpouring of love, prayers, and support, by so many people. To the entire Cumberland Nursing Home (ECU) staff, for making our dad feel so special and loved. He enjoyed each and every one of you. Thank you for making that little room of his "home" for the past few years. To Dr. Carlson’s compassion, who helped us hang on to a little bit of hope each time he got sick. To Deb Tempesta and Care Ficocello, for always taking time out of their busy lives to visit Herman. They put sunshine in his day and he loved them like family. Also, to Rod Dague and his many visits, which always put a smile on his face.

He is survived by his children; Gene (Peggy) Foley AL, Rocky (Genevieve) Cumberland, WI, Debbie (David) Sparish, Pulaski, WI; 8 grand children; Adam (Shannon) Rhode, Megan Rhode, Samuel (Kalli) Sparish, Kahla (Justin) Gleiter, Jessica (Dan) Wackerfuss, Erica (fiance’ Todd) Rhode, Ashley (Yungco), and Chloe Rhode. Four great grandchildren; Kinzie, Violet, Callen, and Molly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae on July 1, 1997. His second wife, Grace Tosterud, preceded him in death on February 6, 2005. Herman was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Williams on May 29, 1996.

A Christian memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in May.

Last Update: Jan 17, 2019 9:13 am CST

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