Gary Lynn Rhoades


Gary Lynn Rhoades, 72, of Lebanon, entered into the presence of his heavenly Father in the early hours of August 7, 2019.

He was born to Robert E. Rhoades and Jean A. Rhoades on September 15, 1946. He was a 1964 graduate of Lebanon High School, and upon graduation he enlisted with the United States Navy. Gary proudly served his country for four years as a Submariner. His service included time aboard the USS Torsk, the USS Cutlass, and the USS Jallao. After completing his faithful service to this great nation, Gary worked the remainder of his career with Praxair, Inc.

Outside of his full-time work, Gary raised some of the finest Red Angus beef cattle on this side of the Mississippi. He enjoyed spending time with his dog Coco, woodworking, writing, and building some of the most intriguing contraptions to help simplify the daily chores of life. His love of country, devotion to family, and child-like devious nature will be greatly missed by those who knew him best. And, never to be forgotten, his world-famous baked macaroni and cheese.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother, Larry E. Rhoades. Gary is survived by his sisters, Jane McKinsey (Steve) of Gallatin, MO and Susan Roseboom (David) of Whitestown, IN. He also leaves behind two nieces, four nephews, six great-nieces, and nine great-nephews.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, August 10, 2019, for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 12 p.m. with Pastor Rick Adkins officiating, in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Gary will be laid to rest with Military Rites at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message.

Memorial contributions may be made to Life's Journey of Avon ( or the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department, 7470 S State Road 267, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Published on August 7, 2019

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Marge (Barlow) (DeLaRosa) Davis
Aug 12, 2019
A feeling of sadness to your families for the loss of your brother. I know how devoted he was to each of you. Gary and your whole family were special friends to our family years ago, a special friend to my brother, Steve, when they entered the Navy together, and a special friend to myself and my children when it was needed. My deepest sympathy.
Mick and Marjie Coates
Aug 10, 2019
A special man. Had that rare gift of being a good listener. Hard working. Honest as the day is long. Devoted to family. He will be missed. Prayers for the family. Home at last. (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Janis (Hine) and Nick Bayless
Aug 08, 2019
Nick and I became acquainted with Gary when we would visit Mt Tabor. Learning he raised red angus beef, we ordered a side and savored every bite sharing with our children. We treasure his love for woodworking and the beautiful Indiana plaque he made from a fence post from my parents’ farm. He was a kind and generous man. He will be missed but his face will be seen again by all who know Christ as Savior and enter heaven because Gary is there with Jesus.
Mr. Gail A. Popp
Aug 08, 2019
What a blessing that we were able to have a wonderful visit with Gary just hours before his home going! During our visit Gary shared. memories of his time in the military which Gail greatly enjoyed hearing about. Gary's unique sense of humor was still very evident and we shared a few laughs together. We were also aware of the fact that he was at peace and are thankful for the Lords mercy in taking him so peacefully.