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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Gerald B. Rhoades, 86, of Bradford, PA

Gerald B. Rhoades
Gerald B. Rhoades

Gerald B. Rhoades, 86, of Bradford, PA, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on March 17, 1929 in Waterson, a son of the late Vernon and Mary McCleary Rhoades.

He was a 1947 graduate of the Clarion-Limestone High School; while in school he was a star basketball player.

On August 21, 1971 in the First Presbyterian Church he married Ann Ives Phillips, who survives.

He began working at J.C. Penney in Clarion as a stock handler. He was promoted and began working in Hanover. Within three years he was promoted to assistant manager in Stanton, VA; he then was promoted to manager at the Silverspring, MD store. At the time he was the youngest store manager employed by J.C. Penney. He was then transferred to Altoona as a store manager. In 1967 he moved to Bradford; opening the new J.C. Penney store at the Bradford Mall as manager in 1969. He retired from J.C. Penney in Bradford. He started working for Control Chief as their Vice President of Sales until his retirement in 1994.

He was a member of the Bradford Masonic Lodge #749 F& AM, the Pennhills Club, the Bradford club; where he was a past president and he was a jester with the Zem-Zem Shriners.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, Ann I. Rhoades of Bradford, he is also survived by one son, John (Lynn) Rhoades of Amherst, OH; three daughters, Amy Malara of Carlsbad, NM, Marsha Phillips of Erie and Susan (Ralph) Pearce of Bradford; five grandchildren, Jennifer Malara, Stephanie Vorse, Jodi Phelan, Kim McDaniel and David Rhoades; four great grandchildren, Anna Phelan, Cole Phelan, Adam McDaniel and Megan McDaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Amanda Pearce and four brothers, Ralph Rhoades, Frank Rhoades, Howard Rhoades and Richard Rhoades.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701 or the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.

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