James L. Rhoade, 82, Goshen, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, June 22, at Beardsley House, Elkhart, after complications from congestive heart failure.
He was born Jan. 12, 1935, in Bremen, to Raymond R. and Violet (Haas) Rhoade.
Mr. Rhoade lived his lifetime in this area. He was a graduate of Madison Township High School and received a business degree from Manchester College.
Mr. Rhoade was a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.
For many years he was a company controller in area manufacturing companies. He was principal in starting the cable TV business and introduced cable into many homes around the area. He continued in the cable business with a system in Stratford Commons in Elkhart.
In 1991, he purchased the Mertie Blazer farm and then spent many years on the farm twiddling his thumbs while raising black Angus and llamas.
On June 5, 1960, he married Mary Pippenger at Union Center Church of the Brethren. She survives, along with sons, Jeffrey (Kathy) Rhoade, Sarasota, Florida, Randal (Joan) Rhoade, Goshen, and Bradley (Laura) Rhoade, Elkhart; grandchildren, Collin (Brittany) Rhoade, Aaron, Brendan, Katie, Amanda, Grayson and Elsa Rhoade; great-grandchildren, Isaac and Eli Rhoade; sister, Mary Lou Henry, Mishawaka; brother, Gerald R. Rhoade, Bloomington; and brother-in-law, Ray Hinton, Mishawaka.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elaine Hinton.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday June 25, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall and for one hour prior to the funeral service, which will begin at 10:30 am, Monday, June 26 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. The Rev. Wes Bontreger will officiate.
Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Yellow Creek Day Care or MCC Disaster Relief.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa.
Published on June 23, 2017