David was born in Schoolcraft on May 6, 1939, the son of the late Lawrence and Flora (Bingham) Rhoda. After graduating from Schoolcraft High School, he proudly served our country as Private First Class in the Marine Corps until being honorably discharged in 1960. He returned to make Schoolcraft his home and was always proud of his community.
David had a kind heart and was always generous. He loved delivering his homemade salsa and pickles to friends, neighbors, family and his doctors and nurses. David had a wonderful smile and personality which made him a joy to know. His home and heart were always open, all were welcome. Nothing made him happier than when his children and grandchildren would visit. He especially loved taking his grandchildren fishing and on John Deere “Gator” rides down the trails and back roads. They were the light of his life and he leaves them with wonderful memories to cherish. David will be missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by five children, Dennis (Karen) Rhoda, Don (Lorri) Rhoda, Larry (Missie) Rhoda, Steve (Tammy) Rhoda, Kim (Jim) Hamilton; twelve grandchildren, Trevor, Alyssa, Adam, Kyler, Macayla, Gabe, Halie, Trae, Jadyn, Bailee, Gavin and Olivia; four siblings, John Rhoda, Albert Rhoda, Nancy Fellner, Ruth (Larry) Cowan; Gayla Sager, a very special friend and companion with whom he spent the last ten years.
In accordance with his wish, cremation will take place and he will be laid to rest at Schoolcraft Cemetery. Due to the current health crisis, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, c/o the funeral home. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.