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Ronald "Ronnie" Frederick Rhoade
April 4, 1941 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Ronald Frederick Rhoade, 82, of Palmyra, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at Cedar Haven Healthcare Center, Lebanon. He was born on April 4, 1941, to the late Walter H. and Beatrice M. (Clouser) Rhoade. He recently was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 61 years, Beota (Wilt) Rhoade, and brothers Robert W., William H. (Joanne), and Franklin C. (Pauline) Rhoade.
He is survived by his children, Candace Marchsteiner (David), Tammy Mosher (Matthew), Randal Rhoade (fiancée Daovone), and Melanie Haldeman (Bret); grandchildren, Kaitlyn Geesaman (fiance Dayton), Stephanie Kirchner (Andrew), Bret Christian Haldeman, Ryan Haldeman (Jamie), Summer Troska (Bradley), Claudia Bullen (Cory), Eden Heckman (Brock), and Josi Mosher; and great-grandchildren, Harper and Tristan Kirchner and Cooper Troska.
Ronald, known as “Ron” or “Ronnie,” grew up in Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1959. He played baseball at the local recreation center and saxophone in the school band, in addition to working at his parents’ appliance store. Ron worked numerous jobs to support his family. He retired as a telephone repairman from ConTel, Hershey; retired as a security guard from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, and worked as a security guard for Penn National Race Track and as a local school bus driver.
Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, animals, home renovating, and playing cards, and he especially loved his faithful Bichon Frise companion, Rambo. He was a loyal, responsible, quiet man who valued hard work and possessed a deep sense of patriotism.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at 1 PM at Grandview Memorial Park, Annville, with Pastors Steve and Nancy Brinton officiating. Attendees will be met at Grandview’s administrative offices and can follow in a procession to the gravesite. There will be no reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to your favorite animal rescue or veterans service organization.