Richard Eugene Rhoads (nickname: Dick or Rick) passed away on August 26, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. He was born July 20, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio, his home for thirty-two years.
After attending Culver Military Academy Summer Naval School in Indiana and graduating from Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Richard matriculated at the University of Miami attaining a BBA degree in Management. His Juris Doctor degree was earned at Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Cincinnati. Richard was a member of both the Ohio and Florida Bar Associations. At Miami, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and of the Society of Wing and Torch in law school. Other memberships included Mariemont Lodge # 707 F. & A.M., where he was a Master Mason, the Valley of Cincinnati Scottish Rite, and the Syrian Temple Shrine, all in Cincinnati. Additionally, Richard was a long time Elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
A lawyer, Richard served for three years as Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Cincinnati. Richard moved with his family to West Palm Beach, Florida to begin a career as an attorney in private practice. For several years, Richard was with a law firm in West Palm Beach before establishing his own practice. While with the law firm, he served as Assistant Public Defender, in addition to his responsibilities in private practice.
Wanting to relocate to a different area, he moved to Monticello, Florida with his family, and purchased and operated a small retail business. They eventually sold it, and Richard became Senior Attorney with the State of Florida Department of Insurance in Tallahassee. He retired from that position in 1997, but continued to practice law as a sole practitioner.
Early on, Richard developed a great liking for the outdoors and for animals, including wildlife. That interest remained throughout his life, and he was heavily involved with the Leon County Humane Society, and regularly contributed to The Nature Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife. He supported the First Presbyterian Church of Havana, Florida and was a donor for other similar organizations. The hobbies he enjoyed included maintaining pets, playing guitar, horticulture, fishing and painting cartoons on wood plaques. He was a very loving, generous and devoted father to his children, and immensely proud of their accomplishments.
Richard is fondly remembered among relatives, friends and acquaintances as a very friendly and approachable man, who would do anything to help people in need.
Richard is survived by his partner Mary Ann Bryson, his daughters, Charlene R. Whichel (Brent) of Harrisburg, NC and Renee R. Beshears (Thad) of Monticello, FL, his son Robert E. Rhoads (Callie) of Tallahassee, FL, his twin brother William G. Rhoads (Linda) of Cincinnati, OH, a sister Ann R. Miller of Monticello, FL, ten grandchildren, two nephews, and a niece.
He was predeceased by his parents Dr. E.E. “Eke” and Jean Rhoads.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, Florida. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, the Humane Society or any animal rescue of your choice. This is what Richard was the most passionate about and would want most.
Beggs Funeral Home, Monticello Chapel, (850) 997-5612, in charge of arrangements.