Born to the late Ransom and Mary (LeMay), he was the last one to pass away of his family from Oconto. He graduated from Stevens Point in 1953 with a science degree and married Elizabeth Burns in 1954, who was a musical teacher in Coleman and she passed away in 1964.
He became a Teacher and High School Principal of Coleman High School. After his wife passed, he earned a master's degree in Outdoor Biology in South Dakota in 1966.
On his return he married Audrey Chadwick and they lived at Kelly Lake with their children. He finished teaching at Suring High School, retiring in 1986 and lived his remaining years west of Coleman.
With good knowledge and skills as a hunter and fisherman, he taught many that accompanied him in nature. He traveled North America to hunt and fish and learned all about natural surroundings. He trained his dogs, which were close to him, how to hunt rabbits and birds. His trapping skills were very sharp, he enjoyed golf and baseball and had a passion for brewing beverages, but mostly loved teaching the younger generation.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey; seven sons, Steve (Kym), Mark (Shelba) Rhode, Scott (Carol), Steve (Joanne), Mark (Gigi), Glenn (Ann) and John (Vicki) Chadwick; two daughters, Lynn Rhode and Gail Chadwick Yatso (Paul); many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and a special hunting partner and grandson, Mac Rhode.
He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Rhode and a grandson, Mike Rhode and two sisters, Ann Bitters and Beatrice Messenger.
The family will greet relatives and friends at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon.