James E. "Jim" Rhodes III, 66, Chambersburg, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Chambersburg Hospital.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late James E. Rhodes Jr. and Vivian L. Baird.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Nancy (Moore) Rhodes, whom he married on Aug. 10, 1968; three children: James Earle Sr. (Christine) of Fannettsburg, Travis Lynn (Tanya) of Chambersburg and Melody Anne Rhodes-Boone (Rob) of Waynesboro; two grandchildren: Jimmy Rhodes and Kylar Boone; two step-grandchildren: Damien and Benjamin Elser; and three siblings: William Rhodes and Cindy Carlheim, both of Altoona, and Dale Mullins of Crestview, Fla. He will also be deeply missed by his beloved dog, Blaze.
Jim was a 1964 graduate of the former Scotland School for Veterans' Children. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict from 1964-67. He continued his service to his fellow countrymen by working at the former Scotland School for Veterans' Children for 17 years and as the chief of depot police at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot for 22 years, retiring in 2005.
A committed patriot, Jim was a member of numerous local veterans' organizations, including the American Legion Post 612, St. Thomas, where he was a life member and served as a past commander, past bi-county commander and past district commander for the 22nd district. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 46 in Chambersburg and a life member of the following veterans' clubs: VFW Post 1599, Chambersburg; AMVETS Post 224, Chambersburg; Vietnam Veterans Post 41, Chambersburg; and the Landis-McCleaf Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Chambersburg.
In addition, Jim was invited to join the 40 et 8 Club, Local 731, and the Military Order of the Cootie, Conococheague Pup Tent 72. He was a member of the George Washington Masonic Lodge 143, the Cumberland Valley 21-Day Retreat Organization and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 843, Chambersburg. A John Wayne enthusiast, he also enjoyed hunting, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and collecting ducks.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, and 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, the Rev. Rick Noll officiating. Interment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, where members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW Honor Guard will conduct military graveside honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim's name to the American Legion Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 2324, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www .geiselfuneralhome.com.