James L. Rhoads, 85, of Woodcrest Villa in Lancaster, passed away on May 6, 2015, at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the loving husband of Ruth L. Rhoads to whom he was married to for 63 years. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Vernon L. and Florence C. (Lykens) Rhoads.
After graduating from Penn State University with a Master’s of Science Degree, he spent his career with RCA as a ceramics engineer earning multiple patents.
In his spare time he enjoyed gardening, reading, woodworking, traveling, home improvements, playing bridge and pinochle, spending time with his family and of course Penn State Football.
In addition to his wife Ruth, James is survived by his five children; Diane M. Barrows (wife of Scott) of Lancaster, PA, Susan L. Brooks (wife of Timothy) of Deerfield Beach, FL, Barbara R. Petrakis (wife of Konstantine) of Randolph, NJ, Charles D. Rhoads (husband of Lois) of Mountville, PA, and Caryl E. Wade (wife of Joseph) of Willow Street, PA. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, Sarah A Barrows, Dr. Elizabeth L. Dickens, Megan E. Rosario, Joshua T. Brooks, Christina S. Brooks, Kyle J. Rhoads, E. Alexander Petrakis, Leah A. Petrakis, Eric J. Rhoads, Jacob E. Wade, and Zachary J. Wade; and three great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia, Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603, on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 11:00 AM officiated by Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach. A visitation will occur also on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in James’ memory may be made to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church at the address above or to the Benevolent Fund at the Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.