Charles Rhodes

Obituary of Charles Rhodes

Charles E. “Gene” Rhodes, 85 of New Berlin and formerly of Pittsfield passed away Saturday night November 5, 2016 at Pittsfield Manor.

He was born October 30, 1931 in Aurora, Nebraska the son of the late Floyd “Tom” and Dora Garrett Rhodes.

He married Vera Gerard May 4, 1952 in Arkansas. She survives in Pittsfield. Also surviving are his brother-in-law Estill (Barbara) Gerard of Lincoln and a nephew Mark Guthrie of Pittsfield. Preceding him in death were two sisters Judith Ann and Janice Marie Guthrie.

Mr. Rhodes was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He returned to the area after his time in the service and began working for Alexander Lumber Company. He started working at the Pittsfield yard in 1957. He moved to New Berlin in 1963 where he continued working for the company as a manager. He retired after 39 years.

Gene was a member of the American Legion, serving as Commander at New Berlin Post #743. He was also Commander of the 4th Division as well as a Finance Officer. He and Vera attended many American Legion National Conventions through the years. He enjoyed bowling and golf, and was a member of the Island Grove United Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, November 9th at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in the West Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Legion Post #743. The Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at