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“Bill was a dear friend and a wonderful man full of wisdom. He was my daughters honorary God Father. He never forgot her or me, even though years had...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Jeff Wagner - Green Bay, WI

“Jill and Family:So sorry to read of Bill's unexpected passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Marilyn Lamborn - Kalamazoo, MI

“I will miss Bill, our last conversation was excactly like many previous ones "Kenny, listen baby... there has got to be a shaft out there that will...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Ken Pace - Lake Doster

“Dear Jill & Family; You have my deepest sympathies for the death of Bill. He was a terribly sweet man, whom I remember fondly. Please know that my...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Chris cartwright - Portland, OR

5 of 25 | Posted by: SHIRLEY & ROGER KNAPP - Portage, MI

“This is a loss of a good and caring friend.Glad I got to spend his last Tuesday with him having a great time at the Club. ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Phil Baker - Otsego, MI

“Great man, enjoyed being with " Billy Bob " his many stories while playing golf put smiles on a lot of faces. Thoughts are with Jill. Will miss you...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Bond - Plainwell, MI

“So sorry for the loss of Bill! My heart goes out to Jill. Bill was so easy to talk with, was always so kind. He gave great hugs and will be missed...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Dawn Sherman - Plainwell, MI

“Bill was a great member, always enjoyed the conversation about sports and his interest in my golf team. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Matt Rayman - Otsego, MI

“So sorry to learn of Bill's passing, He was always so friendly & easy to be around. We always shook hands left handed as a fellow left hand golfer. ...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Virgil Williams - Plainwell, MI

“Rhodes Family,Bill will be greatly missed around the Doster Clubhouse. What a great human being and golf buddy.Alan Awe ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Jill and Family,I am so sorry for our loss. "Billy Bob" was a wonderful man and a great golfing buddy. I miss him and hope we have an opportunity...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Jill and Family, We are so sorry o hear of Alford's passing. I know him and Uncle Claburn are rejoicing at their reuion in heaven. Our prayers are...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: - Jenkinsburg, GA

“We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Alfred. He was a good person. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Watson and Janice Jones - Forsyth, GA

“Jill and FamilyWe like so many felt a deep sadness when we heard Bill passed away. When you think of Bill you think of a man of character and...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Tom and Connie Haan - Plainwell, MI

“Many fond memories of Alfred (Bill) during our days at Mary Persons. Our sincere condolences in this sudden loss. May you and all the family find...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Ben (Benny) and Evelyn Stuart - GA

“My deepest sympathy in the loss of your love one Bill, known to us as Alfred! May God grant you peace and comfort, that only HE can give!RIP Bill ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Mullis - Forsyth, GA

“Kimmy and Michelle I am so sorry of hearing of your dad's passing.I am thinking of you two in this difficult time... ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy Barker - Cedar Park, TX

“Jill, so sorry to learn of Bil's death. Please call me if I can be of help. Ft. Custer National Cemetery is a beautiful quiet place to reside. ...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jan Ragainis - Plainwell, MI

“Dearest Jill and familyOur deepest sympathies are with you. It was a privilege to have known Bill and yourself. So sorry he is gone.Love Betty and...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Very sad to hear of the sudden lost of Bill. I owe Bill a lot of credit for given me the opportunity to begin my career as a safety professional. I...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Jose Bazan - Holland, MI

“So sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed the time I worked with Bill. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Drexel McCalvin - Chicago, IL

“Dear Jill and all family,We all were so saddened to hear of the passing of Bill. We will always remember him as a true southern gentleman and a dear...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Rick Helen Hannah Royal - MI

“May God bless family and friends durning this difficult time Bill will be missed by us all ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Cathie Matlock - Kalamazoo

“Saddened to hear of his sudden passing. ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Jessica Hurlbert - Kalamazoo, MI

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William A. Rhodes, 75, of Plainwell, Michigan died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Bill was born February 24, 1942 in Forsyth, Georgia the only child of Clayburn P. and Bernice (Wilkes) Rhodes. He was a 1960 graduate of Mary Persons High School in Forsyth. During his junior year in high school, Bill joined the National Guard. After high school he served his six month mandatory active duty term with the U. S. Army under the National Guard Plan. Bill was employed several years and then joined the U.S. Air Force and served with them 1961-1968. During military service he graduated from Electronic School and worked as an air craft control and radar repairman. After the service, Bill was employed for 13 years by Interstate Motor Freight; leaving as a Logistics Manager. He then worked for Shepard Products in St. Joseph, MI for 10 years as a materials manager; and after 10 more years with J.B.S. in Plainwell, MI, he retired as the safety director.

Bill married Jill T. Thomas Lancaster on January 3, 1981. Surviving are his wife, Jill; two daughters, Kimberly Ann (Darren) Dyke of Minot, ND, Andrea Michelle (Andy) Campbell of Naperville, Il; three stepsons, Dr. Kent (Elizabeth) Lancaster of Stevensville, Mark (Denise) Lancaster of Richland, Vance (D.J.) Lancaster VanDaele of Iowa City, Iowa; 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill was a member of Lake Doster Golf Club and he attended St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Bill enjoyed golfing, watching sports and especially cheering on the Michigan State University Spartans and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He was a former member of the MSU Downtown Coaches Club and the Kalamazoo Traffic Club. Bill was loved by everyone who knew him.

Committal and military honors will be held at Ft. Custer National Cemetery 1:30 pm. Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Songs Against Slavery (Founded by Lauren Lancaster & Grace Theisen) Please send checks made out to Songs Against Slavery to: P.O. Box 90882, Nashville, TN 37209. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at