Stanley Irvin Rhodes was born Sept. 14, 1926, on a farm near Cordova, to Arthur and Harriet (Hart) Rhodes, the oldest of four children, and passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the Hearthstone in York at the age of 94.
He attended Flowing Well Country School District #101 in York County near his home and later became a 1943 valedictorian graduate of Beaver Crossing High School. Afterwards, he helped his father farm and continued farming the ground until his retirement from agriculture in 1990. He was united in marriage to Rhoda “Pearle” Eich on Aug. 12, 1950, at the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church. To this union, four sons were born: John A, Thomas E, Robert E and Jody L. Stanley and Pearle clerked auctions with Larsen Auctioneers, starting in 1966. Stanley began by being a ringman in 1959, and soon started Rhodes Clerking Service in 1986. Stanley enjoyed the record keeping aspect of the business as well as running tickets from the auction ring to the clerk trailer. He also kept track of everyone’s hours for Larsen and Associates. Stan also did work for the York and Seward County Farm Service Agencies, starting in 1949. Stanley was a member and served on many boards of the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church, the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department, York County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, Exeter Public Schools Board of Education, Cordova Coop Credit Association until the bank was sold, West Blue Valley Preservation Association and served on the Board of Directors of York County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, where he sold property, casualty and hail insurance.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, John of Gretna, Thomas and Diane of Lincoln, Robert of Exeter, Jody and Lisa of Paxton; grandchildren, Julia and Matt Storm, Omaha, Jordan and Kim Rhodes, Papillion, Ryan and Blair Rhodes, Paxton, Erica and Tyler Turner, Grant, and Alex Rhodes, of Lincoln; eight great-grandchildren, Graham, Colette and Marin Storm, Rhett, Callie and Drake Turner, Connor and Jackson Rhodes; sister, Betty Geis, Lincoln; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pearle in 2017; sisters, Mary Naber and Shirley Taylor; brothers-in-law, Paul Geis, Raymond Naber and Daryl Taylor.
A memorial service was June 28 at the Beaver Crossing United Methodist Church with burial at the Exeter Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family for future designation. Condolences may be left for the family at www.lauberfh.com.