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Richard Rhodes

September 11, 1939 — April 19, 2017

Richard G. “Dick” Rhodes, 77 of Pittsburgh, passed away, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in St. Clair Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh.  He was born September 11, 1939 in Greensburg a son of the late Howard A. and Eleanor E. (Wengert) Rhodes.

Dick was the owner of Rhodes Insurance Agency, Pittsburgh with a career spanning 35+ years with Nationwide Insurance.  He was a graduate of Greensburg Salem High School Class of 1957, attended Bethany College and a longtime member of the First Christian Church, Greensburg. He sang in several church choirs, was the past president of the Greensburg Jaycee’s, and enjoyed volunteering his time with Meals on Wheels.  Dick was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and treasured attending games with his wife and family or watching from the comfort of his favorite chair.  Beyond his family, his hobbies included travel, snow skiing and watching his grandchildren play hockey, softball, lacrosse and swim.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Rhodes.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sandra (Goulding) Rhodes; three children, Bonnie (Joe) Joyce; Rick (Sherri) Rhodes and Scott (Debbie) Rhodes; ten grandchildren, Kaitlyn Joyce; Ryan Joyce; Tyler Rhodes; Kennedy Rhodes; Alex Rhodes; Bauer Rhodes; Kris (Diane) Dempsey; Justin (Traci) Dempsey; Ally Musgrave and Max Musgrave; six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Grace, Clara, Delaney, Taryn and Quinn Dempsey; his grand doggies, Taffy, Jack Frost, Riley, Charles and Ollie; a sister, Gladys Chmiel; a brother, Bob (Debbie) Rhodes; several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 1 to 6 pm in the KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME, INC. 524 N. Main St. Greensburg.  Additional visitation will be held on Monday from 10 to 11 am the time of his funeral service in the First Christian Church, 134 Matthews St. Greensburg with Dr. Renny Domske officiating.  Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 510 Pellis Road Suite 203, Greensburg, PA 15601 or Central Blood Bank 5 Parkway Center, 875 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.  For online condolences, please visit

Charitable donations may be made to:

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 862, Carnegie PA 15106

Central Blood Bank
5 Parkway Center 875 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh PA 15220

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