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Dr. Joseph Rhoades

Posted September 12, 2014 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

July 31, 1951 – September 10, 2014

Joe Rhoades

Joe Rhoades

Dr. Joseph Rhoades, 63, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, September 15th at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel with burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Joe was born in Jefferson, IA on July 31, 1951 to Robert and Rita Rhoades. Joe and fraternal twin brother, Jerry, are the second oldest in a family of six. Joe met his wife, Kathy, in Lexington, KY, while he was working in leukemia research at the University of Kentucky, and they were married at their home October 2, 1982. Joe and Kathy welcomed their first child, Rachael, in 1984, and their second child, Seth, in 1987.

Joe was a well-respected radiation oncologist, formerly with the John Stoddard Cancer Center, and most recently with the William R. Bliss Cancer Center at the McFarland Clinic in Ames, IA. After receiving his BS in Bio-Chemistry and Biology from Iowa State University in 1976, Joe did research for kidney and bone marrow transplants. He went back to school in 1990, graduated from the University of Kentucky Medical School in 1994, and completed a residency in Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in spring 1999. Joe accepted a position in Des Moines, IA, and relocated with his family in the summer of 1999.

He was an avid fisherman, and recently vacationed to Northern Minnesota with his childhood friend. Joe fancied himself a master carpenter, electrician, and plumber – time will certainly tell on that one. A fan of rock music, Joe played guitar for fun, and played in a band with some friends in medical school; rock from the 1970’s was his favorite. Joe was a member of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick here in Des Moines.

Joe was a tremendously generous person, and a great listener. He was someone family and friends would turn to for advice on just about anything. He valued hard work, honesty, and good fun above anything else. As a doctor, Joe’s patient rapport was unparalleled. His family was always proud to hear that patients and colleagues of Joe’s valued his sense of humor in the workplace.

Joe is survived by his wife, Kathy; two children, Rachael Rhoades and Seth (Amanda) Rhoades; five siblings, Michael (Mona) Rhoades, Jerry (Kathy) Rhoades, Theresa Ritland, Linda (Kirk) Setzer, and Patrick (Jane) Rhoades; his parents, Robert and Rita Rhoades; sister-in-law, Susan (Brad) Hollingsworth; nephew, Brian (Mary) Larson; and five nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m., Sunday at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel with a 5 p.m. vigil service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a charitable donation to the William R. Bliss Cancer Center, in care of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation at 1111 Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010.

Information provided by:
McLarens Resthaven Chapel and Mortuary
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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