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Rick L. Rhoades

1955 ~ 2021 (age 65)


Rick Lynn Rhoades, 65, of Fort Wayne died October 29th, 2021. Rick is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter, Trisha and son Justin. 


Rick was born November 28, 1955 in Columbia City to Ronald and Christine Rhoades. The youngest of a family of 5, legend has it that he was born with a smile on his face and a heart of gold. Growing up he was known for his goofy jokes and love of sports. In 1975, he married the love of his life Deborah Bucher. Soon after, they welcomed their children. 


Rick was a star athlete in high school and had dreams of playing collegiate baseball. With a young family to take care of, Rick paused his pursuit of higher education and began working for Lincoln Financial in 1976. There he dedicated his intelligence and kindness for 45 years. After finishing his Bachelor's degree from IPFW he earned his Masters of Business from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001. Rick was a life-long learner and continued to rack up degrees and certifications throughout his career. 


A lover of all things sports, he was a dedicated participant and observer. When he wasn’t running marathons or playing in basketball and softball leagues he was pursuing new ways to use his physical talents. Off the courts, he was a loyal Colts and IU Basketball fan. He had a sharp mind for sports facts and enjoyed analyzing game plays with his grandson. 


In addition to his wife and children, Rick is survived by his sisters Lana Wheeler and Teresa Helton, his brothers Roger and Ron Rhoades, his grandchildren Cole Wells, Oscar, Olive, and Otto Rhoades, his son-in-law Ed Rosario and daughter-in-law Gemma Metzger.

A memorial will be held at Divine Mercy 3500 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne, IN on Friday, November 5th from 4pm to 7pm. Masks appreciated. The family will be there to welcome friends and relatives. In the spirit of Rick’s love for Indiana sports feel free to wear your Pacers, Colts or IU gear. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Fort Wayne in memory of Rick’s dogs, past and present.


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Memorial Gathering
November 5, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Divine Mercy Funeral Home
3500 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

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