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Robert 'Bob' Cecil Rhodes

Robert "Bob" Cecil Rhodes, age 89, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Mont., on Friday, June 16, 2023, after suffering a stroke.

A memorial service will be held for Bob Rhodes at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 24, at Bell Mortuary, Glasgow, with a reception to follow.

Bob was born on Nov. 1, 1933, to Allen Mayben and Bessie (Reed) Rhodes at the family home near Worland, Wyo. He joined sisters, Grace and Frances, and brother Allen. Little brother, Tom, came along seven years later.

Bob graduated from Cody High School in 1951 and joined the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station in Patuxent River, Md., where he worked as a jet plane mechanic. He was honored to be the mechanic that the Navy sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio to help test the first Russian MiG during the Korean War. He said that it was fast, and it was cold!

Bob returned to Wyoming after his discharge from the Navy. His parents had moved to Basin, and it was here that he met the love of his life, Mary Jane Davis.

Bob and Mary Jane were married in March of 1958 and had just celebrated their 65th anniversary this spring. The young couple lived in Basin for a time where their first child, Robert Michael "Mike" was born.

Bob took a job with True Oil Company in 1960 and moved the family to Coyote Creek, near Moorcroft, Wyo. A few short years later he was promoted to plant superintendent at the True Oil Gas Plant. True Oil was involved in the oil boom in NW North Dakota in the early 1970s and when they found a productive gas field near Arnegard they decided to move the Gas Plant and crew north. The family resided in Watford City for the next 27 years. Bob was an active member of the First Lutheran Church and served as the council president. He was a member of the Rotary Club and the American Legion.

After their son, John, died in 2000, Bob and Mary Jane moved to Littleton, Colo., to be near Mike and where the winters were not so cold. Bob volunteered at their church, St. Philip Lutheran, the local Kiwanis group, was a member of the Fab 50s group, and enjoyed watching his grandsons grow. He was an avid Rockies and Bronco fan.

Preceding him in death are his wife, Mary Jane Rhodes; son John Rhodes; parents Allen Mayben and Bessie Rhodes; sisters Grace Busch and her husband George, and Frances Lass and her husband Bob; brother Allen Rhodes; sister-in-law Linda Rhodes; and brothers-in-law William "Bill" Davis and his wife Shirley, and Rocky Boquist.

Bob leaves behind son Mike (Jeri) Rhodes, of Littleton, Colo .; daughter Rhonda (Mitch) Griebel, of Glasgow; grandsons Ben (Anna) Rhodes, of Parker, Colo., and Davis (Christine Ehlers) Rhodes, of Fort Collins, Colo .; granddaughters Janice (Zach Bailey) Griebel, of Forsyth, Mont., and Debra Griebel, of Glasgow; great-grandson Cecil Griebel, of Glasgow; brother Tom Rhodes, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and sister-in-law Charlotte Boquist, of Stanton, Calif.

We will miss his quick wit and easy smile and the secret to where the donuts are stashed!

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