James Lawrence Rhodes

July 17, 2019 Landenberg, PA "Jamie"

James Lawrence Rhodes, age 45 of Landenberg, PA, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Born in Windber, PA in 1973, he was the son of Larry J. Rhodes and Linda A. Rubal Rhodes.

Jamie had a great passion for animals and was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Nonantum Veterinary Clinic.

Jamie received an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jamie enjoyed spending time with his children and dogs. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and woodworking projects and he was known for his unique sense of humor. He had a great love of nature and science and wanted to instill that love in his children.

Jamie is survived by his four children, Penny, Annie, Delia and Woody and their mother, Courtney Rhodes; his father and mother, Larry J. Rhodes and Linda A. Rhodes; his sister, Kelly Rhodes Peck and her husband, Eric Peck; and his dogs, Olive and Rooney.

Services for Jamie will be held privately.

The family kindly asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Jamie’s memory be made to Delaware Pet Rescue or the animal shelter/rescue of your choice. Memories and photos of Jamie are also welcome so they can be shared with his children.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

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Services for Jamie will be held privately


  1. Jamie was the most wonderful, caring, and compassionate person and veterinarian. I got to know Jamie on my many trips over the years to Nonantum Veterinary Clinic where I took my four cats. He always made my visits pleasant with his sense of humor. He went above and beyond in his care of my cats whom I love more than anything. I trusted his judgement for he was a very intelligent man. I always requested him when I called for appointments but my last call was when I found out I was no longer going to be seeing him. I was crushed upon hearing this and my first thoughts went to his wife Courtney whom I also greatly respect and her children and the dogs too as I’m sure they are lost without him. I am deeply saddened and will miss Jamie beyond words. Good Bye Jamie. Thank you for everything. I will never forget all the good you did…never. Suzanne Hill, Jake, Missy, Swiss, and Lucie.

    Suzanne Hill | August 8, 2019 at 9:04 PM
  2. Jamie was one of the first people that I met my freshman year at Pitt. We remained close friends for many years, lots of dorms and apartments shared over those years. Needless to say, so many great memories and good times over those years. Jamie was one of the brightest and funniest people that I have ever known. He had such a big heart, was always so willing to help anyone that needed it. My deepest condolences to Penny, Annie, Delia, Woody, Courtney and the rest of the family.

    Brian Gearhart | August 4, 2019 at 11:34 AM
  3. Losing a man like Jamie is heartbreaking.
    Such a kind hearted soul that loved his children above all else. Jamie walked us through so many animal disasters and always made us feel like family. His passion for his work showed by the way he treated each creature …
    Heaven opened their gates wide for Jamie He will be missed here on earth by so so many

    Susan Surplus | August 1, 2019 at 9:57 AM
  4. Jaime was my residency mate while I was at Penn from 2008 to 2011. It’s hard for me to say if I respected him more as a colleague or friend because he was so good at both. Coming straight out of vet school I lacked confidence in the area of clinical skills and Jaime, who had a wealth of clinical experience, was always there to be supportive and never judgmental. When the residency was at its toughest for me, Jaime gave me the will keep going and I’m not sure I could have completed the program without his support and companionship.
    Academics aside, Jaime was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met – he always kept the mood light and we were almost always laughing due to his jokes and banter. Beside humor, he truly had a big heart, as he not only helped me in big ways, but I witnessed his empathy and care with many other people. And he absolutely loved the animals and he always did everything he could to develop the best clinical plan for his patients and clients.
    After the residency, he remained in Pennsylvania and I moved to Kansas to follow work. Of course, we stayed in contact after, but, boy, do I wish we had talked or e-mailed just a bit more. I met him last October at a conference in Baltimore and we had a truly wonderful time – so, so, so grateful we had that time.
    Jaime, wherever you are, I miss you and will think always about the great times we shared. To Courtney, your family and loved ones, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope the wonderful memories of Jamie will make it just a little easier to bear this loss.

    Travis Hagedorn | July 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM
  5. Jamie was truly one of the funniest people I have ever known. We spent so many vet school days laughing hysterically. He had the greatest laugh. Jamie was a good friend and a good person. I will miss him so much. Love to the family.

    Aimee Simpson | July 31, 2019 at 2:14 PM
  6. Dear family,
    Our sincere sympathy to all of you!

    Bob & Chris Rubal

    Christina Rubal | July 30, 2019 at 6:58 PM
  7. As a longtime foster mom for Delaware Puppy Rescue, I met Jamie at Nonantum Veterinary Clinic. I cannot count how many moms and puppies Jamie helped me take care of, all usually a mess when they came to us. His love for his furry clients was unmatched. He was gentle, compassionate, caring, patient, and, oh so knowledgeable. I don’t think there was ever a visit where he didn’t take out his phone to share pics and stories of his kids and dogs! He loved them so much!! My heart breaks for his dear, adorable children. I hope they will grow up knowing what a very special man their dad was. My thoughts and prayers are with his children and family, and he will be so greatly missed by so very many.

    Betsy Ernst | July 30, 2019 at 2:18 PM
  8. It saddens me deeply to hear of the loss of Jamie. I will never forget his smiling face and great attitude. He was always such a pleasure to work with at Penn. He always had a positive outlook and was a genuinely kindhearted person. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. I feel lucky to have known and worked with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jamie will forever remain in your hearts.

    Susan Rosati | July 30, 2019 at 1:08 PM
  9. We cannot adequately express our immense sense of loss upon hearing of Dr. Jamie’s passing that has us still grieving and remembering a life well lived. He not only positively impacted the lives of countless animals, including our family of dogs that received tremendous and thoughtful care, but also the lives of the pet parents, as our relationship with him transcended the typical veterinarian/patient and evolved into more of a heartfelt friendship. It was not uncommon for Dr. Jamie to be exchanging late night emails with us if our puppy, Dewey, had another seizure, which alleviated so much worry and stress for us. His intelligence and problem-solving nature coupled with his compassion for others (with and without paws) were unique qualities that greatly benefitted this world. While we are sad he is no longer here to contribute directly, the lives he has touched will continue on, made better by knowing him and the knowledge he shared. We will miss you, Dr. Jamie and are forever grateful for you.

    Karen and John Pietrobono | July 30, 2019 at 10:14 AM
  10. Our Tommy went to kindergarten in Windber with Jamie. His mother, “Pinky” and my wife, Judy, we’re there everyday and we’re frequent companions there. Tommy passed away from a malignant brain tumor 10/8/79 and he loved Jamie. Now they are together again. Our sympathy to Pinky and the family.

    Tom Cover | July 30, 2019 at 9:58 AM
  11. I have known Jamie for what feels like forever. In so many of my favorite memories, Jamie is there. My heart goes out to his family. Penny, Annie, Delia, and Woody are amazing individuals, with opinions and such wonderful personalities and I know that made Jamie most proud. I will miss my friend.

    Melissa DiGuilio | July 29, 2019 at 7:59 PM
  12. I just learned of Jamie’s passing. I am still trying to come to terms with that. The good Dr. James Rhodes was an incredibly intelligent, sensitive, hard working young man. I spent three years with him during his post DVM training at UPenn. Apart from his intelligence, Jamie was just a good team player. He helped out when he did not need to, he stepped in to help colleagues with scheduling issues, and he genuinely loved the animals in his care. I know some people will say this is God’s plan, and we need to accept rather than understand. I think we are all a little poorer for this man’s passing. I am proud to have known him, I will miss knowing he is out there doing all that he did, and finally I wish he had more time. My thoughts are with his family, both immediate and extended, at this time.

    Dr. Anthony J Carty | July 29, 2019 at 5:53 PM
  13. Jamie spent time with our group at Penn learning about the care of laboratory animals. He was a caring veterinarian and colleague – truly a nice person with a big heart. I was saddened to hear of his death and his family and close friends have my condolences.

    Diane Gaertner | July 29, 2019 at 5:40 PM
  14. Despite being from Windber, it wasn’t until I moved to Pittsburgh that I became close with Jamie. He was witty, intelligent, hilarious, and opinionated and I loved that about him. I am heartbroken by this news. I will miss him dearly and I am so grateful for all the times I was able to spend with him. My love to all of his family and friends.

    Patty DiGuilio | July 28, 2019 at 9:28 PM
  15. Jamie was my best friend since meeting while studying Neuroscience at Pitt. I was always amazed how studies came so easily to Jamie, including his work in the lab. He was truly dedicated to science and his close friends. I will never forget him saying, “I need to feed the cells” and will see you soon – this happened all the time. More importantly, he loved his friends and family with a passion. My girlfriend Tiffany (now wife of 23 years) always thought of Jamie as family. We took care of each other but also grew up to adulthood together. He had so many passions. Wildlife, art, photography, sports, music, debate, architecture, gardening… Truly a renaissance man that was amazing in everything he did, almost as if he had done them all his life. I will always love and think about Jamie. My son’s Godfather is gone but he will be with me as long as I live in this world.

    Thank you for your time with me! I hope to be with you again,


    Wes King | July 27, 2019 at 6:07 PM
  16. Jamie – you were first our vet for rescue then turned into a close friend to me and all of DPR. You saved so many of our hopeless cases. When I think of you I think of a very proud father and a great friend. A smart ass which was part of our close bond. There are no words to express the pain of your passing but there is comfort when I think of Penny, Annie, Delia and Woody. So much of you in each one of them.
    Love and will miss you always.
    Dianne Hess
    Delaware Pet Rescue

    Dianne Hess | July 27, 2019 at 4:31 PM
  17. Jamie indeed was very much loved and is missed, especially by his dear close family – Penny, Annie, Delia, Woody and Courtney. So much to the man. So many trains of thought. So quick with a reply. Jamie held the simple belief that all should be afforded a good life, and he did what he could to make that happen. We saw this every day as he practiced the healing arts. Jamie taught us all.

    Chris and Sarah Manning | July 27, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  18. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jamie. My deepest sympathy to Courtney and the entire family. Jamie and Courtney have been a godsend to me over the years. They have both helped me through some very difficult times with my fur kids. Their care and compassion is unmatched and Jamie will surely be missed by all that he touched. I can only imagine, given the care and compassion shown to his clients, how much love Jamie showed his wife and children. That loss is immeasurable but the memories they will have of a father/husband are beyond priceless.
    If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know and consider it done.
    My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

    ROBERT BADOLATO | July 26, 2019 at 4:42 PM

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