My family has been struggling a lot this year with health. So many loved ones want to go back to heaven. We have several other members battling health issues at the moment that are life threatening if you have a few extra moments add my family to your prayers please. Bye bye Uncle buddy you are very much loved and missed. Richard L. Rhoades Richard "Buddy" Rhoades passed away February 15, 2012.
He was born in Norwood, Missouri on July 8, 1933 to Kenneth and Opal Rhoades. Richard moved to Tulare in 1934. He married Nonnette "Nonnie" Fasso Rhoades on August 29, 1956 and they had six sons: Kelly, Eric, Bryan, Paul, Scott and Kirt. Richard is survived by his wife and sons; also his two sisters, Marjorie Babb of Oklahoma City, OK, and Marilyn Emken and husband, Harlan of Tulare; 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard Rhoades. Richard graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1952. While a student there, he was a great athlete specializing in swimming and diving. In the same year, he became San Joaquin Valley Champion in diving and upon graduating was offered a scholarship to Ohio University. But instead of attending the university, he decided to voluntarily serve his country in the Korean Conflict. His military career ended at Scofield Barracks in Hawaii as a lifeguard. After completing his service with the U. S. Army, he pursued a career in plastering with his father. In 1962, he opened a restaurant in Hanford, where he made many friends, pursued the hobby of bowling and won his first semi-professional tournament. In 1969, he returned to Tulare to get his contractor's license. He was a plastering contractor for the last 43 years. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at Calvary Chapel of Visalia, 11720 Ave. 264. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements are by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service in Tulare.