William “Dusty” A. Rhodes Jr.

March 12, 1920 - November 29, 2015 Avondale, PA | Age 95 Loving Father, Brother, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

William “Dusty” A. Rhodes, Jr., age 95 of Avondale, PA, died Sunday November 29th, 2015 at the Atlantic Regional Medical Center in Pomona NJ while visiting his daughter.

Born in Kingston, PA, he was a son of the late William A. Rhodes Sr. and the late Louise Isaac Rhodes. Dusty proudly served our country during World War II in the Navy as a radio operator on the “Catalina” PBY sea patrol planes.

He was a self-employed Watchmaker for many years and a technician for Hewlett Packard retiring in the early 90s. He was also a bus driver for a couple of years for the Kennett Square school district.

He was a lifetime member and was also the chaplain of the Hockessin VFW, member of the Kennett Area Senior Center and the Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, writing poetry, the outdoors, and especially spending time with his friends and family. He enjoyed saying tongue twisters, telling stories of his “hobo” days, and getting a bargain. He also posed for several local artists and sculptor. He enjoyed taking art classes at the Luther House and very much enjoyed meeting new people.

Survivors include three sons, William A. III (Leslee) of Tucson, AZ, Jeff of Oxford, PA, and Raymond (Sue) of Wilmington, IL; two daughters, Cindy Lieb (Tony) of Galloway, NJ and Colleen Stanczak (Ken) of Kennesaw, GA; nine grandchildren, Carson (Cheryl), Jeff Jr, Nathan, Valerie (Jason) Vincent (Melissa) Keith, Kevin, Tommy and Christina; six great-grandchildren, Justice, Mark, Kristen, Vanessa, Jessica and Daniel; one brother, Paul of Potter County, PA and one sister, Margaret Anthony of Hanover, Mass. Many nieces and nephews.

You are invited to visit with Dusty’s family and friends from 10-12 Noon Monday December 7, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church 218 Ellicott Rd, Avondale, PA 19311. His funeral service will follow at 12 Noon. Interment will be in Longwood Cemetery. Contributions in his memory may be made to Calvary Baptist Church at the aforementioned address or to Pilgrim Academy, PO Box 322, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215. Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-869-2685) of West Grove. To share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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Calvary Baptist Church

218 Ellicott Rd.
Avondale, PA 19311

Pilgrim Academy

PO Box 322
Egg Harbor, NJ 08215



December 7, 2015 10-12 Noon Calvary Baptist Church
218 Ellicott Rd, Avondale, PA 19311

Funeral Service

December 7, 2015 12 Noon Calvary Baptist Church
218 Ellicott Rd, Avondale, PA 19311


  1. I just found out today that Dusty had passed. I lived in his building at Oxhaven. He was a good friend to my wife and I and was there for me when my wife died two years ago. Shortly after I had a fall and now reside at Ware. He visited me often. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Paul Palmer | January 2, 2016 at 7:19 PM
  2. Dusty was a one of a kind person. One winter he helped my wife clean off the snow from some cars at the apartments where he lived.
    He always had a kind heart for others. He will truly be missed.

    John Borroughs | December 9, 2015 at 11:32 AM
  3. We send our condolences to Dusty’s family. We live 2 doors away from his Trucksville home and enjoyed visiting with him on his occasional trips “back Home”. Often brought mushrooms to neighbors & local restrauants. For the last few years he hired Wayne to keep the lawn mowed each summer and we greatly admired his penmanship and little artistic drawings on his notes to us. Also might add that he was a high school classmate of Diane”s mother. He was quite a guy Again our condolences to hihs family.

    Wayne & Ddiane Long | December 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM
  4. Colleen
    Only met your dad once but he was a very nice and enjoyable man
    So sorry for your loss
    May prayers are with you and your family
    Stay strong buddy

    Antoinette Bates | December 6, 2015 at 8:05 AM
  5. My loss that we have lost contact for the past few years. Dusty you were and are an inspiration to me and my beloved animals that loved you so much as well. Your passing has created a void in many lives…
    I would like to mention a few memories;
    Your regiment of daily sit-ups… Being invited to your sister’s birthday party, your poems, your relationship with my critters and your priceless comment that you made to me after leaving the pier after your film debut in the movie that we filmed at my house should be shared with many people due to the fact that everyone viewed you not only as The Great Americian you were serving our country and due to comments made by all mentioning the Character that you were…95 is short a time for someone like you to be with is. We all love you and will miss you terribly. Good by My Dear Friend, I hope to see you again in heaven on day, I know you will be there making friends and making them smile. As for me, at this point the direction, the direction I’ll be heading is still up for decision. I love you Dusty…
    Michael, Dawn and your furry friends

    Michael Ahl | December 4, 2015 at 4:34 PM
  6. Dusty and I were co-workers and friends at HP. There are many fond memories of our time there. My sincere condolences to the family. May fond memories, friends and faith be of comfort to you and bring you peace.

    Don Taylor | December 2, 2015 at 9:50 PM
  7. My most vivid memory of Dusty is from our days at HP. Dusty was always called upon to prepare and cook the steaks at the annual picnic held in the woods behind the plant. He also prepared and supervised pretty much the whole operation including roasting corn on the cob in their husks. He worked very hard to ensure we all had a great meal and he never failed to deliver. He would not reveal as I remember the ingredients in the rub he applied to the steaks but they were always flavorful! I recall Dusty as being a lovable eccentric. He lived “differently” but was always friendly and willing to engage in conversation and could be very surprising in the observations he made. I think he was a wise man who enjoyed keeping the rest of us guessing. He was a unique personality in a bland world and he will be missed.

    Bob Wynne | December 2, 2015 at 9:28 AM
  8. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We thank you for his service to his country!

    VFW POST 5892

    Matt Hoopes | December 2, 2015 at 9:23 AM
  9. We would like to send our condolences to the Rhodes Family as they mourn the passing of their father. Dusty was a part of the history of Avondale and will be remembered by many.

    The Kilmer ‘s

    Russ and Kathy | December 2, 2015 at 9:17 AM
  10. To Dusty’s Family – It is with great sadness that those of us who knew Dusty from the community and from the Hockessin VFW learned of Dusty’s passing. My husband and I usually ran into him at Lowes, as he was always working on some project. His friendly manner and quick wit, made him such an outstanding character. He will be dearly missed by so many. You have our deepest sympathy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the VFW for anything we can help you with, during this time. We will be glad to help in anyway.

    You may reach the Post at 302-239-0797. I know this is a difficult time for all of you, but I just want you to know that I have been working on a book that will contain biographies on many of our Veterans of Foreign Wars Post officers and members, which I will publish in early February, for the Post’s 70th Anniversary. I would love to include Dusty’s story too. I can be reached at my home number: 302-635-7530, or of course you can leave a message at the Post or with Dusty’s longtime friend, Bucky Bucetta, and I will return your call. With Deepest Sympathy – Kenneth and Deborah Ashcraft

    Deborah Ashcraft, Auxiliary Secretary, VFW Post 5892 Hockessin DE | December 2, 2015 at 9:12 AM
  11. We were privileged to become acquainted with Dusty during the later chapters in his life. His memory and recall were flawless and he was always looking for opportunities to do good and connect with others. He would stop in our shop from time to time dropping off Chinese literature after he learned my son Allen, was studying the language. We’ll miss him around West Grove, especially chatting at the Ice Cream Station, but his faith was flawless as well and we rejoice in his final connection with the Lord and Savior !

    Chuck Freese | December 2, 2015 at 5:18 AM
  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all now. He is truly a remarkable man and he will be missed!

    Stacey (Bove) Miller | December 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM
  13. Bob met Dusty in 1977 at Hewlett Packard. Dusty would visit Bob’s house alot and stay for dinner. After Bob and I were married, we would ask
    Dusty to come up for dinner and play pool. Dusty was hard to beat! Dusty usually stayed overnight; we had breakfast and a nice visit and he
    would head back to Avondale with leftovers. We loved you Dusty.

    Dusty had an adventurous life and he will be missed by all.

    Bob and Linda McGovern | December 1, 2015 at 6:46 PM

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