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Obituary of Donald E. Rhoads, 94


Donald E. Rhoads 94, of Pleasant Gap, died Monday, September 7, 2020 at Hearthside Nursing Center in State College.

He was born December 11, 1925 at Axemann, PA; a son of the late Edward V. and Cora V. Walters Rhoads.

On April 22, 1949, he married Jean E. Knepp Rhoads who preceded him in death September 26, 2000.

Mr. Rhoads worked as an Extrusion Furnace operator at the former Cerro Metals in Bellefonte.

He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap, and the Pleasant Gap Fire Company where he served as chief from 1967 to 1971.

Woodworking was one of his favorite things, and he was exceptionally gifted at making unique wooden toys.

Surviving Mr. Rhoads are two daughters, Dawn C. Burd (Tim) and Kimberly Haupt (Eric) all of Bellefonte, one son James C. Rhoads (Patsy) of Pleasant Gap; eight grandchildren, Tracy Haines (Robert) Clayton O. Rhoads (Fiance' Jan), Jean Thibeault, Joseph D. Ficarro, Jacqueline Y. Arbogast (Shawn), Kristen Hess (Chad) Brian Haupt (Lauren), Myranda Viehdorfer (Duane); twelve great grandchildren, Kara D. Ficarro, Cheyenne N. Rhoads, John R. Beilair, Robert Ficarro, Logan and Rachel Thibeault, Zachary Flory, Emmalyn and Aliva Hess, Leigha Haupt, and Lillian and Jameson Viehdorfer; and one great-great-grandchild Braelyn Beilair.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by an infant daughter Jacqueline Y. Rhoads and a sister Arlene Maloy.

Friends will be received from 9 to 11 am on Friday September 11, 2020 at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service, 1034 Benner Pike, State College. The funeral service will follow at 11 am with pastor Robert Dornan officiating. Burial will be private in Centre County Memorial Park.

Keeping with CDC guidelines, those attending the viewing and funeral are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

An online guest book may be signed and condolences sent to the family at

Name of Deceased

Donald E. Rhoads



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Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service

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