During the morning of June 28, 2020, Jeffrey Rhodes, age 55, passed away quietly and unexpectedly.
Jeff was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Appleton, WI on May 13, 1965. He was the first son to Gladys and William ‘Bill’ Rhodes. He learned to hunt and fish with his Dad; thus beginning a lifelong passion as an outdoorsman. Jeff shared his life over the last 10 years with his love, Carol Herminath. Together they shared dreams of owning wooded land near New London, WI and building their dream home. Jeff was a hard worker, employed as a maintenance mechanic at Tyson Foods and previously at Steel King in New London, WI. Jeff’s other passions included deer hunting, learning how to fly airplanes, building his own mega computer, snowmobiling, boating, making potica, watching movies and Packer games. He even parachuted with his Mom and Brother, enjoying every minute except the landing. He loved working in his garage and tinkering.
Jeff's strength through life's many trials has been unsurpassed. Jeff was always generous with his time, money, possessions, and his heart. Jeff's ties and love for his family remained deep through the separation of miles and absence.
Jeff is preceded in death by his father Bill Rhodes and niece, Joanna Harrell. He is survived by his life partner Carol Herminath; his mother, Gladys ‘Gigi’ Rhodes; his sister, Suzette (Rhodes) Harrell; his brothers Timothy Rhodes and Douglas Rhodes; his children, Michael Kopp, Daniel Wolgamont, Rachelle Stringer, and Joey Smalley; one grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Jeff was a quiet, simple life loving man, Jeff requested no big fanfare, no memorials or ceremonies. Friends and family will be gathering 1 pm on Friday, July 3rd at Calumet County Park to celebrate Jeff’s life. It is with respect we lovingly follow his wishes and just say good-bye. You are already greatly missed. We love you, Jeff!