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July 12, 1951 – Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Service Information
United Methodist Church, Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
7:00 P.M.

Visitation Information

Michael Stephen Rhoades, 58, of Buffalo, MN, died on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010, after a valiant 10 month fight with cancer.

Mike was born July 12, 1951, in Dayton, OH.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Deborah (Runner), daughters Amanda Jo Rhoades and Alyssa Joy Rhoades-Ochieng, son-in-law Edgar V. Ochieng, and grandchildren Isabel and Isaiah. Also surviving are his parents, Richard and Margaret Rhoades of Greenville, OH; sister, Annette Holmes of Cleveland, OH; sister-in-law Denise (Roger) Stahl; brother-in-law David (Susan) Runner; mother-in-law, Arlene Runner and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and father-in-law, Paul J. Runner.

Mike graduated from Greenville (OH) Senior High School in 1969. He previously worked for NCR, EF MacDonald, & Carlson Marketing Group in Ohio. He was transferred to Minnesota with Carlson Marketing Group in 1989. For the past 13 years he ran a graphic arts company in Plymouth, MN.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed drag racing, tractor pulling, toy and car shows, collecting and meeting new people – but his main focus was being a loving and wonderful Grandpa, Dad and Husband. He will be greatly missed!

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 P.M. at the United Methodist Church in Buffalo. A visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, June 29th.

A Memorial Service in Ohio will be scheduled at a later date.

33 Guestbook Entries

  1. Debby & Dick Sodders

    We are truly saddened by Mike’s passing, but know he is in the arms of the Lord and no longer suffering. God bless each member of his family and know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mikey will always hold a very special place in our hearts!! With much love and sympathy, Debby and Dick

  2. ATF / GHS '69

    For the Family and Friends….
    Our heartfelt condolences to you as these difficult days go by. May you be comforted by the goodness of Mike all around you.
    There are fun memories, fond memories of Mike from those Greenville High School days of 1969; indeed we enjoyed catching up with one-another at the GHS 40th reunion last August. It was good that we could share some time…
    We pray your own memories of Mike provide comfort and solace as the reflections of his life come forth, and those memories serve to bring forth warm thoughts of rememberance.
    God grant him Peace for the ages…


  3. Dave & Rosemary Paulus

    With great memories, Mike. We’ll miss you, buddy.

  4. Glen

    We are very saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He is with our other class of ’69 members who went before him and he is resting in Gods arms now. Finally… peace and no more pain.

  5. Kathy Daughtry

    I am so sorry for your loss at this time. Mike will be sorely missed by so many people. I know for the family this has been a difficult time. May God Bless all of you in your time of need.
    Love, Kathy

  6. Terry Jasenski

    We were so saddened to hear of your loss. Mike and I had such a nice time revisiting old memories last summer at our reunion. He was a great person. Our sympathy to all of the family and friends.
    Terry and Melissa Jasenski
    Greenville Ohio
    Class of 1969

  7. Kathy (Denniston) Girdler

    I hope that you all find comfort in knowing that Mike is no longer suffering or in pain. You are in our thoughts and prayers. It was good seeing him at the reunion after 40 years. There were only 6 of us from Washington Elementary School.

  8. Todd Oliver

    May God give His strength to family and friends to endure through this trying time. Mike is in good hands, His.

  9. Scott & Janice Mills

    It is with sad hearts that we offer our sincerest sympathy for Mike Rhoades’s passing. The Greenville Senior High School Class of 1969 will forever miss and always remember Mike as he truly was a gem of a classmate. May his family find comfort with fond memories of what a kind and wonderful person Mike was. We will keep your family and Mike in our daily prayers. God Bless.

  10. Betty & Bill Skdimore

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May God’s love comfort you and the girls at this very difficult time.

  11. connie watson

    Dear Deb and family,

    We are so sorry. We are praying for your peace, comfort and an awesome feeling of God’s presence for each of you. Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear;I will help you.”

    We will see you when you come to Ohio for the memorial service.

    Love, Connie and Phil

  12. terry Garbig

    Smokey, see if you can organize some NHRA races up there, will ya?

  13. sharon owen

    Mike was my friend in high school. A big quiet nice guy. Way too young to leave his family.

  14. Tom Trittschuh

    Mike’s ever present smile, good humor, and pleasant personality will be truly missed. My condolences to the entire family along with my heart-felt prayers.

  15. Dana Leas

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy.

  16. Debbie Fitzwater Bell

    My thoughts and condolences are with all of Mike’s family and friends.

  17. Linda Moody

    Richard, Margaret and family. You are in my prayers as well as my son, Jamie’s.

  18. Lori Przybilla      TCF

    Hugs your way Deb – so sorry to hear of your great loss….you and your families are in our prayers. God’s Peace to all.

  19. Nan(Jenkins) Zeller

    Dear Deb,
    So sorry to hear about Mike. You and family are in my prayers. I wished I could help you, but Greenville is so far away! Need to talk? Call me at 548-0879.

  20. Kathi Zellmer

    Dear Deb,

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

    God bless!


  21. Jim & Carolyn Rush

    Deb,Amanda,& Alyssa:

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  22. Kyle Kagey


  23. Michael Simmons


    We are praying for you and the family during this time of sorrow. There are people all over thinking of you and lifting you up this week. May God lift you up and carry you through as you mourn this loss.

  24. Darke County Assoc. of Realtors

    Those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of your family and friends.

  25. Jean Kniskern

    Amanda and Alyssa, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was one of the kindest people I knew. I enjoyed working with him and both of you. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. God bless!

    Jean Kniskern
    West Creative Services)

  26. Pam Brooks

    Dear Deb and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers and I hope that God gives you comfort in your grief.
    Love Always,

  27. Mildy Genz

    I am truly sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He is in God’s hands now and will find peace as he enters a new chapter in his life. I can only hope his family and friends can find some comfort knowing he is in a better place, and will no longer have to deal with any pain or discomfort. My heart goes out to his wonderful family. I will not be able to attend the services tomorrow, as I do have an evening appointment scheduled at my office, but I will be thinking of you.
    May God Bless you all!


  28. Kermit and Evelyn Brock

    Evelyn and I want to send our condolences during this time of loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Kermit

  29. Sue Running

    My deepest sympathy. I worked with Mike for many years from Thomson Reuters, he was always sincere and a true professional. We worked well together. Mike will be missed dearly!
    Sue Running

  30. Sandee Edelbrock

    It saddens my heart to hear of your great loss. May God’s love give you all comfort and strength at this most difficult time.

  31. Becky Kurk

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike. He will be missed. He was always so cheerful, friendly and helpful whenever we saw him or spoke to him here at Thomson Reuters (West). My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  32. Karen (Storer) Burkhardt

    To Mike’s family, Deb and Mike’s daughters, and to Richard, Margaret and Annette,
    My prayers go out to all of you. I was deeply saddened to hear of this news, not having spoken with Mike for over 30 years. It stirs the emotions as we shared some special times and some darker moments. We were far too young to have entered into such a committment and really not well matched. I was heartened to read of the love he experienced in his life and to know of his connection to his wife, his children and grandchildren and his faith. He was blessed. I am saddended to know of his cancer, as I have been, most recently, a hospice social worker and know what he must have endured. I hope his pain was as controlled as humanly possible. No one should have to endure that! There is great peace in knowing he is no longer suffering. My heart and prayers go out to you, especially Margaret and Richard. You are very special people and I still have fond memories of you and always will. It is so hard to lose a child no matter if they are 58. I will be thinking of you on 7-12, as Mike would have been 59. God give you strength to face the days ahead and I hope it helps to know that Mike’s life will always be cherished and remembered, even by someone who crossed his path so many years ago. With love, Karen

  33. Diana and Joe Houston

    You have my deepest condolences. I never met Mike but I always wanted to. I was his Aunt Diana and my father was Mike’s grandfather, Conley Walton. I’m so very sorry this came so late. From all I hear he was a wonderful man. ~ Diana, Huber Heights, OH


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