Jack R. "Papa/Cactus" Rhodes

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  • "So many fun times from my earliest memories...Long Beach..."
    - Jim Torson
  • "He was a great freind of the Tallman family. We lied buy..."
    - Delbert Tallman
  • "Just received word of Jacks Passing away, I have had the..."
    - Fred & Rose Thiel
  • "Your parents took care of me when my brother, Terry, was..."
  • "I will miss you Jack. You were one of the nicest conductors..."
    - Ira Lewis
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April 26, 1920 ~ March 24, 2015
"Jack was a loving father, husband, grandfather,
great-grandfather, and good friend to everyone he met."

Jack "Papa/Cactus" R. Rhodes, 94, former resident of Vancouver, WA for over 61 years, died in Springfield, OR on March 24, 2015. He was born April 26, 1920 to Roscoe and Ada Rhodes in Pendleton, OR. Jack graduated from high school in Portland, OR and went to work for the SP&S Railroad the next day on Feb. 29, 1939. He loved his work with the SP&S/Burlington Northern as a brakeman and conductor until April 27th, 1981.
He served in the Army during WWII from 1944-1946 and for a time was stationed in the Philippines.
Jack married Nadean V. Rose in Wishram, WA on June 28, 1942. They had two children, Joanne (John) Halgren of Springfield, OR and Jack Rhodes, Jr.; grandchildren, Justin (Amy) Halgren, Jesse (Brooke) Halgren, and Jennifer (Geno) Hair; and ten great-grandchildren.
He loved to hunt, fish, and walk in his neighborhood, visiting friends, greeting animals, and helping keep the streets litter free.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Nadean; son, Jack R. Rhodes, Jr.; and sister, Virginia Torson.
According to his wishes, there will be no service.
Arrangements entrusted to Springfield Memorial Funeral Home.
Please sign Jack's guest books at www.musgroves.com and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Mar. 29, 2015
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