Originally Published: March 8, 2015 3:07 a.m.
Joseph Harold Rhodes passed away in Prescott, Arizona on Feb. 11, 2015.
Born Aug. 3, 1934 in Clifton, New Jersey, Joe was the eldest son of the late Joseph and Julia Quinn Rhodes.
He is survived by his wife, Peg; daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter Janine, John and Christiane Mura of Louisville, Kentucky; son Jeffrey Rhodes of Lakewood, Colorado; brother and sister-in-law Fred and Audrey Rhodes of Bricktown, New Jersey; sisters-in-law Mary Rhodes of Pinehurst, North Carolina, Barbara DeLorenzis of Wayne, New Jersey, Lillian Fryman of Mount Arlington, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.
After graduation from St. John's High School, Paterson, New Jersey, Joe served in the army as SP3 and FC Crewman. He joined Burroughs Corporation in Paterson; later, Allen Organs, White Plains, New York; Bendix Aerospace, Teterboro, New Jersey. In 1980, he received a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Montclair State College, New Jersey. Joe, Peg and their children moved from Totowa, New Jersey, to Prescott in 1982. He was the electrician at Yavapai College, where he also taught and oversaw electrical wiring labs for students in the College's annual home-building projects. Retiring in 2006, he assisted in electrical projects at the College Performance Hall.
An avid bicyclist, Joe was often seen around town on his 5-mile bike rides. An organ enthusiast, Joe pursued a love of pipe and electronic organs by attending performances of renowned organists in the U.S. During vacations in Italy, Sicily and Spain, he sought out grand old pipe organs in great cathedrals. A cherished event was his personal tour of Fratelli Ruffati organ factory, Padua, Italy
Joe was a sacristan and altar server at Sacred Heart Church, and a valued volunteer in Yavapai Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.
A Celebration of Life will be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Wakelin-Ruffner Funeral Home. Mass will be at Sacred Heart and interment at Prescott National Cemetery on March 13. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation FBO thoracic and esophageal education; 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ 85013.
Please visit and sign Joe's guestbook at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.
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