J. David Rhoads, of Quakertown, passed away in St. Luke’s Hospital- Sacred Heart Campus, Allentown, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. He was 88.
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He was the husband of Patricia Saeger.
Born in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John Howard and Irene (Thomson) Rhoads. He was a graduate of Lansdale High School, Class of 1950. He also graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Mr. Rhoads was a U.S. Navy veteran, who enlisted during the Korean War, and served as a Naval aviator for 30 years in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He was deployed for three tours of duty in Vietnam, flying 150 combat missions, with special assignments for Commander Carrier Task Force 77 with USMACV. He also served as an advanced jet flight instructor. As a civilian, he worked in government contracts with domestic and foreign firms and U. S. government agencies.
He was of the Episcopalian faith.
Always a jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Rhoads enjoyed working on many electrical and carpentry projects. He spent many years in the painstaking, historically accurate restoration of his residence, aided by his association with the Bucks County Heritage Conservancy. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed restoring antique cars.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Rhoads is survived by a sister, Joan R. Cressman, and four nephews, Colin, Kenneth, Peter, and Eric Cressman.
Funeral services are private. Interment with be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Rhoads’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1818 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 or online at www.cancer.org.