Luther Francis Rhodes, son of the late Luther and Nadine (Parsons) Rhodes, was born on April 1, 1954 in Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and departed this life on November 7, 2009 at his residence in Mtn. Grove at the age of 55.
Luther grew up in the Mtn. Grove and Cabool area and attended school and graduated from Cabool High School. He then served his country in the Army. Luther served as a ranch hand for several years and most recently worked in a sawmill for Midwest Walnut in Willow Springs, Missouri.
Luther met the love of his life, Julie Ross, in 1974. They were united in marriage on May 4, 1984. Four children were born to this union.
Luther was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. He also enjoyed wood crafting, truck pulls, and monster truck rallies. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Luther will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Luther is survived by his wife, Julie Rhodes of their home; one son, Luther F. Rhodes, II and wife Ranee of Mtn. Grove; three daughters, Patricia Rhodes and Mark Holt, Melissa Parsons and husband Gary, and Cortney Penn and husband David, all of Mtn. Grove; three sisters, Kathy Rust of Cabool, Missouri, Linda Glenn and husband Steve of Cabool, and Karen Smith and husband Bob of Kingsville, Missouri; twelve grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many other relatives and numerous friends.
Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, at Lonestar Cemetery located south of Mtn. Grove.