The Tri-County Obituary Project

Huerfano County, Pueblo County, and Las Animas County, Colorado.



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Rhea, Luther
Luther Rhea – Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – November 22, 1877 – Lake City, November 14, 1877 - … Wells, who killed Rhea, and against whom the grand jury of this county found a true bill for murder in the first degree, was guarded over to Saguache county last week to be tried. Fifty-two witnesses from this place have also gone over. It will be remembered that the killing was done here on the evening of the day of the last election. Such was the excitement produced that but for the vigilance of the officers and others Wells might have been lynched. Many of our best citizens partook of this excitement, and very naturally expressed the strongest indignation, but they discouraged all lawlessness. They strongly opposed mobocracy. They knew that the good name of their town and all they held most dear forbid that the will of an infuriated mob be substituted for the law – that security to all depended in upholding the majesty of the law. The affair was most unfortunate in many respects, and which according to the rigid rules of the law it may be as declared by the grand jury, yet the jury to try the case will hardly, under the circumstances, find him guilty of that offence for which the law would inflict upon him an ignominious death. However, nature is the same everywhere, and it will assert itself despite all prescribed rules, and when two men, both may be equally to blame, one a powerful man physically, knocks down his antagonist, much his inferior in strength, and who besides is a cripple, and pounces on him and beats him badly, maybe with the butt end of a pistol, and when separated the weak and crippled man rises and finds himself cruelly beaten and the blood flowing profusely from his wounds, it may not astonish some that he would afterwards follow and slay his antagonist. These are the facts, as I hear them, and of course they do not justify Wells, but at the same time, if by the rules of evidence they are all brought before the jury, he will not, I am persuaded, be convicted of murder… Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – November 22, 1877 – In the case of Jack Wells, now in custody charged with the murder of Luther Rhea at Lake City a short time since, a change of venue has been granted from Saguache to Rio Grande county. Pueblo Colorado Weekly Chieftain – November 29, 1877 – Lake City, November 18, 1877 – The numerous witnesses subpoenaed in the trial of Jack Wells for the killing of Luther Rhea, on the evening following the recent election of Hinsdale county, and in which case Judge Bowen granted Wells a change of venue from Hinsdale to Saguache county, have nearly all returned to their homes, on account of another change of venue having been allowed said Wells from Saguache to Rio Grande county. The trial no doubt will be heard at Del Norte, at the next term of the district court held there, and bids fair to prove one of more than usual interest.

Rhinehart, Catherine Margaret
Catherine Margaret Lowe Rhinehart - Fort Collins Coloradoan - February 7, 2004 - Catherine Margaret Lowe Rhinehart, 92, of Fort Collins died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at a local nursing home. Catherine was born April 4, 1911, in Trinidad to Alexander Mill Lowe and Willie Winona Ramey Lowe. She married Arvil Lee Rhinehart on Sept. 12, 1929, in Trinidad. Catherine was a homemaker and a member of the Naomi Chapter 13, Order of the Eastern Star in Price, Utah. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed collecting hummingbirds. Survivors include her daughter, Billie Jean Ackerman and son-in-law, Arnold John Ackerman of Fort Collins; a granddaughter, Brenda Rhodes of Fort Collins; a grandson, Paul Ackerman of Vista, Calif.; and a great-grandson, Kevin Rhodes of Fort Collins. Her husband, Arvil and brother, William Lowe preceded her in death. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bohlender Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in Price, Utah.

Rhinehart, Mildred
Mildred "Millie" Lucille Hodges Rhinehart - Pueblo Chieftain - March 31, 2002 - Mildred "Millie" Lucille Hodges Rhinehart, 66, of Pueblo, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Millie was born on Sept. 17, 1935, in Claremore, Okla., to Leyton Everett Yates and Lucille Frances Blakely Yates. She graduated from Claremore High School and the University of Arkansas. Millie was a retired music teacher and an accomplished pianist before being stricken by rheumatoid arthritis. She was an expert bridge player, and loved the competition. She enjoyed traveling, loved her church and everyone in it. She was a member of the Sweet Adelines, always helpful and willing to do for others. Millie is survived by her sister, Ruth Evelyn Lee Master Hasty; children, Michael John (Tracy) Hodges, Mary Lynn Imes and Leigh Ann Hodges; grandchildren, Amy Noel and Ashley Nicole Imes; Jesse Lee and Stephanie Nicole Hodges; niece, Marilyn Lee Master Stangl; nephew, Lester (Shirley) Hasty Jr.; six grandnieces and nephews. Viewing, noon to 7 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Adrian Comer Garden Chapel, with cremation to follow. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, First Southern Baptist. In lieu of food and flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to First Southern Baptist Church, 301 Cleveland, Pueblo, Colo., 81004, or a charity of your choice.

Rhoades, Dorris
Dorris Rhoades - Pueblo Chieftain - July 05, 1997 - Dorris Rhoades, 69, passed away July 2, 1997. Services, 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamar Christian Church

Rhoades, Effie
Mrs. Effie Rhoades - Pueblo Chieftain - November 25, 1927 - Mrs. Effie Rhoades, 70, died at a local hospital Nov. 24. She was a long time resident of Canon City, Colo., where her husband and retired children reside. The body was sent to Canon City Thursday evening by the Rouch Funeral Home for services and interment.

Rhoades, Jack L.
Jack L. Rhoades - Pueblo Chieftain - May 26, 2004 - Jack L. Rhoades, formerly of Pueblo, died May 23, 2004, in Denver. Survived by wife Gale, daughters, Lori and Cheryl and three grandchildren. Also survived by mother, Ev Rhoades, sister, Shirley Hiler of Pueblo, two brothers, Jim of Pueblo and Richard of Arizona. Services held in Denver.

Rhoades, Roy Edward
Roy Edward Rhoades - Pueblo Chieftain - November 03, 1998 - Roy Edward Rhoades, a retired Ford Motor Company executive died Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, at the Life Care Center in St. Louis of complications from Alzheimer's Disease. He was 84 years old. Mr. Rhoades was born in Boonville, Mo. He went to work for the Ford Motor Company in the 1940s. He spent all of his career with Ford including many years as plant manager of the Hazelwood Assembly Plant in St. Louis. He finished his career in the plant manager role at the Wixom, Mich., Plant where he retired in 1975. His career spanned more than 35 years with Ford. Mr. Rhoades and his late wife, Lois Eklund Rhoades were longtime members of Mary Queen of Peace Parish and residents of Webster Groves, Mo. Mr. Rhoades was a member of Cherry Hills Country Club and the Missouri Athletic Club while living in St. Louis. Upon retiring from Ford in 1975, Mr. Rhoades and his wife moved to Port Charlotte, Fla. Both avid golfers, they were longtime members of both the Port Charlotte Country Club and the Kingsway Country Club in Port Charlotte. He is survived by four children, Roxanne E. Rhoades of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ronald E. Rhoades of Chesterfield, Mo., Karen R. Keefe of Kirkwood, Mo., and Kathleen M. Rhoades of Prairie Village, Kan., as well as 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 243 W. Argonne, Kirkwood, Mo., 63122, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to the Alzheimer's Association of St. Louis, 9374 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63132, would be appreciated.

Rhodes, Bert Otto
Bert Otto Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - July 24, 1987 - Bert Otto Rhodes, 74, of Aguilar died July 22, 1987. He was born July 16, 1913, in Leydon, Colo., to Otto and Eunice Rhodes. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mullare-Murphy Funeral Home and one hour prior to Mass Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Aguilar. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Aguilar, with the Rev. Edward Andary as celebrant. Interment, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery, with graveside service by UMWA, 9856. Family may be contacted at 312 S. Romero in Aguilar.

Rhodes, Betty J.
Betty J. Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain – October 4, 2006 – Betty J. Rhodes. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, Roselawn Cemetery.

Rhodes, Charles
Charles Rhodes - Wray Rattler - August 26, 1910 - Another Train Victim - Pueblo – Failing in an attempt to board a Rio Grande freight, seven miles west of here, Saturday afternoon, Charles Rhodes, aged 18, who came here a few days ago from Missouri, fell beneath the wheels and his life was crushed out while a friend stood by unable to render assistance.

Rhodes, Eugene
Eugene Rhodes - Rocky Mountain News - February 1, 1895 - Known in Pueblo - January 31, Mrs. Sophie Rhodes and her son, Eugene Rhodes, of Washington, D.C., who were lost on the Elbe, were on their way home to attend the funeral of Mrs. Rhodes' husband, Oliver Rhodes, brother of M. A. Rhodes and Mrs. M. A. Fitch, of this city.  The father, mother, and son constitute the entire family, to which death came in three days.  Young Rhodes was to have entered the office of a prominent Denver law firm next fall.  He graduated from the Washington, D. C., law school in 1893 and was in Colorado last summer.  He went abroad to take a post graduate law course at Heidelberg before commencing the practice of his profession.

Rhodes, Fred
Fred Rhodes - Rocky Mountain News – August 21, 1911, Page 10 - Fred Rhodes at Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 20, was denied the privilege of taking morphine and cocaine while serving out a thirty day sentence in the city jail, dies two hours after being released this afternoon, when he took an overdose of morphine. He was in jail for petty theft, claimed he would never survive without his morphine. City physician ordered he not be allowed to use drugs during his time in jail. Rhodes was arrest a month ago for stealing a garden hose. This he sold for 25 cents to buy drugs.

Rhodes, Jennie Layne
Jennie Layne Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - February 27, 1996 - Jennie Layne Rhodes passed away Feb. 25, 1996. Survived by her husband, Frank Rhodes, of the family home; sisters, Clara Jean Litton, Pueblo; brothers-in-laws, Richard R. (Marie) Rhodes, Pueblo; and Mac Doane, Pharr, Texas; sister-in-law, Glena Perkins, Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her sister, Christine Doane of Pharr, Texas, passed away just one day after Jennie. Born Jan. 25, 1911, in Center, Mo., and had been a longtime Pueblo resident. Member of the Central Christian Church. There will be no viewing. Cremation at the Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of food, those who desire may contribute to a charity of their choice in memory of Jennie.

Rhodes, Mabel M.
Mabel M. Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - August 06, 2002 - Mabel M. Rhodes, 93, passed away Aug. 4, 2002. She is survived by her children, Larry D. (Yvonne) Rhodes, Darlene A. (Glen) Morrison and Lowell E. Rhodes; sisters, Agnes (Bill) Garrison and Erma (Les) Simons. Also survived by numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews; Cremation to take place followed by memorial service in Lincoln, Neb., at a later date.

Rhodes, Mary
Mary Rhodes - Walsenburg World - April 1889 - Mrs. Mary Rhodes died at Rouse on Sunday, April 14, and was buried at the cemetery in Walsenburg on Monday, conducted by Rev. Squires of the M.E. Church. Leaves husband and five little children.

Rhodes, Mary Marie
Mary Marie Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - October 31, 2004 - Mary Marie Rhodes, 86, passed away Oct. 28, 2004. Survived by her husband, Richard R. Rhodes of the family home; son, Butch Lloyd (Nancy) Kahus; sister, Betty Fraughton; brothers, Frank, Felix and Will Roitz, all of Fort Bridger, Wyo.; grandchildren, Melody Bond and Remy Kahus. Preceded in death by her brothers, John and Teddy Roitz. Mary was born June 8, 1918, to John and Mary Roitz in Frontier, Wyo. She was the owner-operator of a women's clothing and wig shop. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Services will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church in Fort Bridger, Wyo.

Rhodes, Melvin
Melvin Rhodes - Yampa Leader - April 30, 1909 - Melvin Rhodes, a prominent Pueblo banker, died at his home in Pueblo on the 17th inst. at the age of 55 years.

Rhodes, Nora
Nora Forehand Pruden Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - March 13, 2006 - Nora Forehand Pruden Rhodes, 82, died March 4 in Pueblo West. Complete notice and online condolences, www.montgomery-steward.com.

Rhodes, Sophie
Sophie Rhodes - Rocky Mountain News - February 1, 1895 - Known in Pueblo - January 31, Mrs. Sophie Rhodes and her son, Eugene Rhodes, of Washington, D.C., who were lost on the Elbe, were on their way home to attend the funeral of Mrs. Rhodes' husband, Oliver Rhodes, brother of M. A. Rhodes and Mrs. M. A. Fitch, of this city.  The father, mother, and son constitute the entire family, to which death came in three days.  Young Rhodes was to have entered the office of a prominent Denver law firm next fall.  He graduated from the Washington, D. C., law school in 1893 and was in Colorado last summer.  He went abroad to take a post graduate law course at Heidelberg before commencing the practice of his profession.

Rhodes, Thomas A.
Thomas A. Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - December 10, 2003 - Thomas A. Rhodes, 82. The Lord called his name on Dec. 6, 2003. Thomas was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Kentucky. He is preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Rhodes. Survived by his children, John (Peggy) Rhodes, and Carolyn (Mark) Rhodes; three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. Leander Church parish and BPOE No. 90. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Patrick Church, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. In lieu of food and flowers, donations may be made to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice in care of the funeral home office.

Rhodes, Thomas Dean
Thomas Dean Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - January 16, 2003 - Thomas Dean Rhodes, 78, passed away Jan. 14, 2003. Survived by his children, Dennis Rhodes of Littleton, Colo., Don (Pat) Rhodes of Azle, Texas, and Cheryl Appolloni of Orlando, Fla.; siblings, Katherine Lee and Allene Coleman, both of Pueblo, Joy (Charles) Ingram and Russell (Marilyn) Olson, all of Denver; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Thomas was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Rich Hill, Mo., and was a Teamster truck driver for Safeway. He will lie in state at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. today. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Father Ronald Roche officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Rhodes, Wm. Frank
Wm. Frank Rhodes - Pueblo Chieftain - October 12, 2004 - Wm. Frank Rhodes, 95, passed away Oct. 10, 2004. Born in Green Forest, Ark., June 1, 1909, to Wm. Ray Rhodes and Carrie Owens. Frank grew up on the family farm in Granada, Colo. He later moved to Pueblo and graduated from Central High School in 1926. During his working years, he built over 400 homes in the area. Frank was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, where his specialty was the repair of Norden gun sites. He was an accomplished pianist, inventor, lifemaster bridge player and life member of Pueblo Lodge No. 90, BPOE. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Jennie Layne Rhodes, in 1996; and his sister, Glenna. He is survived by his brother, Dick (Marie) Rhodes of Pueblo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Rhudy, Hazel G.
Hazel G. Rhudy - Pueblo Chieftain - June 22, 1998 - Hazel G. Rhudy, 84, Wiley resident, passed away June 21, 1998. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wiley United Methodist Church. Interment, Wiley Cemetery. Visitation until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.



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