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James Donald Rhodes

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


James Donald Rhodes, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Friday, November 29, 2019, at his home.

Born Wednesday, March 2, 1932 in Hanover, PA, he was the son of the late Donald Hartman Rhodes and the late Elsie Marie (Seitz) Rhodes.

Jim, as he was known, lived a long and successful life. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1951 and enlisted in the United States Navy shortly thereafter. In the Navy, he served as a First Class Machinist Mate, serving throughout the Korean War until his honorable discharge in 1956. Jim went on to work for AT&T phone company until his retirement, after which he continued to enjoy his hobbies of knife making and hunting. Also a Scoutmaster, Jim was a proud member of Boy Scout Troop 103 in Washington County, MD. And, as a member of Zion Reformed United Church of Christ in Hagerstown, Jim never forgot his roots. The majority of Jim's life, however, was shared alongside his wife, Elsie Grace Fogelsanger. Today, they both rest in peace.

He is survived by his two sons, Michael Wayne Rhodes and  wife Barbara and Douglas Allen Rhodes and wife Kristie both of Hagerstown, MD; granddaughter, Erin Rynae Rhodes of Hagerstown, MD; grandson, Matthew James Rhodes of Richmond, VA; sister, Beverly A. Walter and husband William of York, PA; brother, David S. Rhodes and wife Sandra of Hagerstown, MD.

He was also preceded in death by his, brother, Roger D. Rhodes

Services will be held Friday, December 6, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Katie Penick officiating.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. and also one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Interment will be at the Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County 747 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online remembrances  may be expressed at

Guest Book

My Dad...Wow where do I start Dad was our Hero... He introduced us to hunting, fishing and outdoor activities...He once caught a 150# Sucker while fly-fishing for trout (hooked his own earlobe while casting) He was our Boy Scout Troop's Scoutmaster...He was there to present me with my God and Country Award as well as my Eagle Scout Rank as well as being a great roll model for us all. He introduced us to MAD Magazine (We always had a race to be the first to grab the newest issue from the grocery bag), and Homer and Jethro. Saturday mornings got started with Buggs Bunny and Road Runner before we did the yardwork together. Dad passed his sense of humor on to my brother and I and made sure that we got to our annual family reunions. Once while on Christmas break he drove my brother and I to York to stay with our Aunt during a driving blizzard and drove back home the same day. Dad opened his heart to all and was always there to help. He volunteered his time to serve as a commissioner to the Boy Scout National Jamboree. He had a love for knife making as a hobby. Everyone that Dad came in contact with would sing his praises as a good natured human being...very caring and good natured. Dad...You are in our hearts...we will miss you dearly.

Michael Rhodes

Jim and Elsie and John and I met on a Panama Canal Cruise in 1997 and immediately became life long friends. We kept in touch periodically through phone calls and I am really going to miss being updated on your family.

Marilyn Alford

I am going to miss the phone calls and update on your family. Jim of I would stay in touch with periodic calls. We met in l997 on a Panama Canal cruise and immediately became lifelong friends. Gonna miss you buddy.

James D. Rhodes was a true hero of America's forgotten victory- the Korean War. Though not a member of Antietam Chapter 312 Korean War Veterans Association, nevertheless we condole with you on your loss. Charles L. Mobley, Jr. Past Commander

Charles Mobley
Hagerstown, MARYLAND

A coworker at AT&T, a wonderful individual in every way. May Gods grace and peace be with all.

Larry Eby
Thurmont, Md

I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad but i pray you and your family rejoice in the fact that your Mother and Father are tpgether in Heaven. They will be able to watch over you and your family members from Heaven. God bless your family, Kirk

Kirk Davis,Sr.
Gettysburg, Pa.

What a fine gentleman! It was always a joy to see him and sat hello. He cared so deeply for his family! He will not be forgotten.

Sue Graff
Hagerstown, MD

Despite his long and lovely life, losing a parent is always difficult. Truly, your memories of him being an honorable man who lived his life with integrity will help you trough this, Mike. Prayers are with you and all your family.

Dorrie Costa
Hagerstown , Maryland

Great man, father and friend. So sorry to hear of his passing but glad it was peaceful. Parents and Elsie will be happy to greet him to his heavenly home.

Patricia Habblett
Gulf Breeze, Florida

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