It is with deep sorrow our family mourns the passing of Dennis Roy Rhodes who left for heaven peacefully in his sleep at home on Thanksgiving evening on Nov. 25, 2021. Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and deeply loved husband, Dennis “Big D,” as he liked to be called, was 64 years old. Much of his family was by his side all day for this last holiday with him. Although we are in great sadness, we are also thankful he is no longer battling daily debilitating pain. Dennis said how happy he was to have his family all together.
Dennis was born in Oregon City, Oregon, to LaDonna Ostrander Rhodes and Carl M. Rhodes. Dennis was the oldest son of six brothers and sisters, who loved him dearly and will miss him every day he is gone. He was baptized in the Nazarene church and had his own special relationship with our Lord.
As a young teenager, he always provided for his younger siblings and continued to always provide well for his family and children. Dennis devotedly adored his wife, and was a remarkable man of respect, honor, and integrity who loved hunting and fishing, was very charming, kind and generous, had a great sense of humor, and never accepted anything less than perfect when creating and building projects. We also remember just how ornery and stubborn he could be, but no matter what, Dennis cherished spending time with his wife, family and grandchildren whenever he could.
In 1997, he landed on a doorstep in Cherry Grove, Oregon, where he met the love of his life and soulmate, Robin Elaine. When Dennis met Robin, they discovered they shared the same Sept. 25 birthday. They married in 1998 and blended a new family of his two sons and three daughters and her three sons. He definitely leaves an unforgettable mark on our world.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife Robin; sons Joshua, Zachary, Justin, Jacob and John; daughters Becca, Melody and Stephanie; sisters and brothers Carla Jo (Rod) Hathaway, Timmy (Kim) Wynne, Lawana Wynne, Tammy Roley (Steve) and Mark Wynne; eight grandchildren; aunt Barbara (Bob) Puckett; uncle Stephen Rhodes in California; cousin Michael Ostrander; as well as many other cousins, nephews, nieces and his extended Roggi family.
He was preceded by his mother LaDonna Ostrander, father Carl Rhodes, aunt Darlene, and uncle Woody Foy Woodward.
Dennis’s wife Robin Rhodes extends a very special thank you to the staff at Kaiser Permanente and Legacy Hospital, who always took excellent care of him for many years, as well as Community Hope and Hospice for their care and compassion in his last days.
Dennis is finally resting peacefully, and we hold him lovingly close in our hearts, minds and spirit within us. A celebration of life was held in Oregon City at Hillside Chapel on Dec. 11, 2021 at 4 p.m. Please visit www.hillsidechapelfh. com to view his tribute page.