Kenneth Dwight Rhodes, 78, of Hayden, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the home of Tim and Karen D. Gilroy, after struggling with a lengthy illness.
His beloved wife, Carol, of 50 years was at his side.
He was born Jan. 10, 1933, to Irl Rhodes and Lola Holland Rhodes in Summersville, Mo.
At six months old, he moved to Hayden with his parents, and brothers Chalmer, Harold, Marvin and Billy.
He grew up on the family cattle ranch and graduated from Hayden High School in 1951.
After high school, Kenneth enlisted in the Army and served from April 1953 to April 1955.
After serving in the Army, he returned home to Hayden and met and married Carol Ann Cote, and adopted her two daughters, Karen and Glenda.
On Oct. 23, 1962, their son Irl William Rhodes was born.
Kenneth and his brother, Billy, were partners in their ranching operations with Billy living on the original Rhodes family ranch north of Hayden and Kenneth and Carol and their children residing on their second ranch south of Hayden in the Dunckley Park area.
Kenneth and Carol sold their ranch in 1992 and later resided in Craig, before Kenneth retired from his job at the Colorado Ute Power Plant near Hayden. After selling the ranch and retiring from the power plant, Kenneth and Carol enjoyed 15 years of traveling in their motor home, before they established a home in Yuma, Ariz.
Kenneth and Carol recently traveled to Hayden to celebrate their 50th anniversary and Kenneth’s 60th class reunion.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter Karen Gilroy, and her husband, Tim, of Hayden; grandchildren Tony and Sarah Gilroy; great-grandsons Preston and Gabriel Castor; daughter Glenda Rhodes, of Craig; granddaughter Laura Oatman; great-grandson Derek, son Irl Rhodes and his wife, Debbie, of Rochester Wash.; granddaughter Bobbie Hanna and her husband, Cory, and great-grandchildren Tyler and Tatum, also of Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Memorial contributions can be made in Kenneth’s name to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 89 in Hayden, in care of Yampa Valley Funeral Home.