Ronald “Bumpy” Rhoades

May 18, 1947 ‒ October 01, 2020

Radnor, Ohio

Ronald “Bumpy” Rhoades, age 73 of Radnor passed away Thursday evening, October 1, 2020 at Kobacker House, following a brief and unexpected illness.

He was born May 18, 1947 in Marion, Ohio to the late James F. “Dusty” and Annadale (Nixon) Rhoades. A graduate of Buckeye Valley High School Class of 1965, Bumpy spent his entire life in Radnor Township.

In 1975, he started and operated Rhoades Subsurface Farm Drainage, tiling countless fields in Delaware and surrounding Counties and introducing new technology and equipment to advance land improvement.

He was a member of the Land Improvement Contractor’s Association and in 1982 served as their Ohio President. He traveled all over the world with the association, sharing advancements in technologies and also benefiting from other country’s technologies. He also served on the Delaware County Drainage Committee and was always ready to be helpful whenever needed.

Bumpy was baptized into and a member of the Radnor Baptist Church and was currently attending the Richwood Church of Christ. Known for his ornery sense of humor and charm, he loved to visit with anyone and everyone having never met a stranger. He would be the first to tell you that he was blessed beyond belief and had a wonderful life.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth Ann “Maggie” (Rodman) Rhoades; brother, Wendell (Janet) Rhoades of Radnor; sister-in-law, Suzann (Max) Hoffman of Marion; nieces, Tammi (Thad) Elwood, Wendy (Jason) Snyder, and nephew Ryan (Amanda) Rhoades.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother James “Rocky” Rhoades and Rocky’s son Jeff.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 2 – 5 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:00 am with Pastor Craig Bradds and Deacon Jeff Evans officiating. The family will observe a private committal service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent area rise to level red, attendees are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing during both events.

Bumpy admired all veterans and the family strongly encourages contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Donor Chair Center, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Rhoades family.

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  • Dear Maggie , Sending Love & Prayers to You. Bumpy always Had a Smile for All .
    You Both Became New Friends At BV That I truly enjoyed . Such a Kind , Pleasant , person he will always be remembered .
    My Husband Lee , enjoyed visiting with him
    At Our Reunions . Most Sincerely ,
    Pam (Gorman) Closson

  • Maggie,
    Words cannot express the great times we had with you guys when we visited Florida and of course my great memories of sitting between you and Bumps in study hall.
    We will miss the fun adventures on the boat and just hanging out with you guys and the Bartlett’s for so many years!!!
    You are in our prayers!
    Danny and Diane

  • We are so sorry to hear about Bumpy. He was a great guy and we always enjoyed his hilarious “tiling” stories.
    Robin and Lanny Showers

  • There couldn’t be a better neighbor! Bumpy was always friendly, would do anything for you. He ‘classed up’ our neighborhood and set an example for us all.

  • Maggie
    We send you our love and prayers. Many hearts were broken and life will never be the same without Bumps. We cherish the memories of fun times with Bumpy and you.

  • So sorry for your loss. Bumpy will truly be missed in the Radnor community. He was always in a good mood. I’ll bet Bumpy and our dad are having so much fun. Dad sure thought a lot of Bumpy and the Rhoades family💔

  • To the entire Rhoades family, I am in shock. So very sad to hear of Bumpy passing. Bumpy may be gone from his earthly home but today he resides in a better place. Oh how happy Jim, Annabella and Rocky must have been to see their precious son and brother! So many Rhoades family members there to greet him…oh what a reunion they are having (my Dad included). Please know that in the coming months you all shall remain in both my thoughts and prayers. God bless you one and all. Jo Rhoades-Cokonougher.

  • We are so very saddened by the loss of Bumpy. He was one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. Radnor has truly lost one of the best! He will be missed.
    Heartfelt condolences & sympathy to Ruth Ann and his family.

  • Maggie, So very sorry for your loss. Bumpy was always a pleasure to be around and always had a smile. I know your heart is broken but what a joy to know he is in heaven and someday you will be reunited again. Live with the wonderful memories and it will get you through the tuff days. When you can’t sleep count your blessings and remember he will be there to welcome you home when it is time.
    May God bless you.

  • Maggie and family,
    The Rhodes family was one of a kind. I grew up with all of you attending Radnor school. Rode the school with you Maggie. I am so sorry to learn of Bumpy’s death.
    My deepest sympathy for you and family as you grieve.
    Sherry Taylor Shelton

  • Our condolences and sympathy at the loss of a great man. Bumpy was there for us, like he was for so many of our neighbors, offering his assistance, his labor, his expertise, his support, and loaning us his equipment, to help us get things in shape.

    We were honored to get to know Bumpy. So sad it was for such a short time. He truly made us feel welcome into the neighborhood.

    He was a friend, a mentor, and a God-send!

  • Dear Maggie and all,
    I’m so sorry to learn of “Bumpy’s” death. The Roades family was a real part of our Radnor School family. I rode the school bus with the Rodman family. Good memories of all. Please accept my deepest sympayhy. Since I now live in Michigan I will be unable to attend the services. Wish I could see you all.

  • Sorry to hear of Bumpys passing. I have some very good memories of him from school and our reunions.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bill always enjoyed catching up with Bumpy at high school reunions . May God comfort you and your family. Bill and Linda Zwick

  • Dear Maggie, Peggy and I want to extend our condolences on the passing of Bumpy. He was a wonderful person who never met a stranger. When Peggy and I first met you and Bumpy we both were attracted to your warm and positive out look on life. To sit and talk to Bumpy was a treat, it was like you were talking to a friend you have known all your life. His passing leaves a hole in a lot of people’s lives, he will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of Bumps passing. David and I always enjoyed visiting with you both. He always had a smile and a bubbly personality. He will be missed. My thought and prayers are with you all.

  • To the Rhoades family so sorry for your loss. There will never be another Bumpy he was truly one of a kind, always smiling and ornery. First met him at the pool in Prospect back in the 60s.

  • Dear Maggie,

    Rolly and I have been praying for you. We have no idea what you are going thru. I do know you and Bumpy have memories which you will always treasure.
    To know you were loved by Bumpy is a gift God blessed you with.
    Fly high Bumpy in your new home with God by your side.

  • To all the family. When we needed an extra hand no matter what the task ,or a problem to solve ,or a shoulder to cry on,or a prank to pull or story to tell..he was the man ! He loved the Lord,his family and friends and life itself. You all are in our hearts and prayers and may God comfort you with fond memories .

  • My condolences to the Rhoades family. My father, Steve Wiseman was a good friend of Bumpy. Bumpy visited my dad several times at Marion Pointe nursing home. My dad would tell me “Bumps came and saw me today”. It made my dad so happy and I really appreciated him taking the time to visit. Bumpy taking the time to visit an old high school friend tells what a kind and caring person he was. I know my dad would want to be there today. Unfortunately with the current situation he is not allowed out of the nursing home. Our thoughts and prayers to the Rhoades family.

  • We thoroughly enjoyed attending Sunday School class at the Richwood Church of Christ with Bumpy. He was insightful and curious. His sense of humor was a real asset and we enjoyed being around him. May God hold you close now as you mourn, but know Bumpy is with his Heavenly Father. John and Beth Gwynn

  • Dear Ruth Ann,
    Praying for you and the family. John and I had so much fun the last time in Florida with the gang. We were hoping to do it again. God had other plans. I will surely miss sitting next to Bumpy in church and having him ask what our next planned trip is as well as his warm hugs. Sending a warm hug and love to you as we are currently in Michigan. Thinking and praying for you in the coming days.

  • If Bumps started his drainage business in 1975 my memory of meeting him was a little before that when we hired Dick Retterer to put in an outlet tile on our place. He brought along Bumps,Kenny Cole,and Bob Kuba to do the heavy work and they are all gone now. Bumps loved to play in the dirt. Please know the Rhodes family has our deepest condolences.

  • To Bumpy’s family, Richard and I send our sympathies to you. We were so sad to learn of his illness and, now, His death. He was such a friendly fellow and knowing him was special. He always had a compliment for me, especially when I happened to teach our Sunday School class at the Church of Christ. It is comforting to know where he is now with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus.

  • Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of a wonderful man. He was such a good friend to my dad, Charles Groll and he thought the world of Bumpy. You are in thoughts and prayers ❤️

  • Our sympathies go out to you and your family. We enjoyed getting to know Bumpy at church and we will miss his smile , laughter and friendship. We know his heart was passionate to learn God’s word and to help others. The Richwood Church of Christ will not be the same without him. He was a great guy! Sincerely. Randy and Barbara Sullivan.

  • Condolences to Maggie and the entire Rhoades family. Bumpy was such a great classmate at Buckeye Valley. He always had a smile and a kind word. I was so happy to see him at our reunions and catch up a little. Please know that many people will be there to offer their support in the future.

  • My sympathy to your family on Bumpy”s passing. So sorry to hear this. I only knew him from Richwood Church of Christ where he was a friend to all and so faithful. My prayers to you during this difficult time.

  • Maggie, So very sorry for your loss. I know how it leaves a big hole in your heart. My prayer for you is that our FATHER will fill that empty space with lots and lots of great fantastic memories.

  • Dear Rhoades Family,
    Ben and I would like to send our deepest Sympathy to All of you. Bumpy was surely a special person. Always a smile and a caring thought. When My Dad, Wayne, was here he always asked about him when I saw him at church. May he and Dad have a good time in Heaven and watch over all of us here on Earth. Treasure in your heart all the good times and memories. Love to All, Ben and Pam Bumgarner

  • To the Rhoades Family: I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Bumps passing. I have worked with Bump for many years as he would be the ‘go to guy’ in the Marion/Delaware area for the Dept of Natural Resources, Div of Wildlife.

    He was a real pro, and an all round good guy. He will be missed. Apologies for the delay in responding. My wife and I moved to Florida three years ago and just found out today this terrible news. We extend our sincere sympathies. Truly sad.

  • May God comfort you at this time of loss. Cherish the memories you shared. Condolences,
    Jane Hewett Rutan. BV class of 65

  • Ruth Ann and the entire Rhoades family

    We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Bumpy. I grew up with the Rhoades family who lived just down the road from us, even riding the same school bus to the Radnor school. I could always count on Bump to have my back if ever I got into a jam–nice to have a “big” friend when one was needed. Oh, and the stories he could tell and the experiences he had–he made life fun. Radnor and the world lost “one of the good ones” here on earth, but am sure there is one big party going on in heaven about now. We were lucky to have him be part of our lives.

  • Maggie and family, we have all said the same thing but much needs repeated over for that wonderful man of yours. BV and all loved Him. Always had a smile and a hug. 53 years, so fortunate to have him for so long. All the girls at BV we’re in love with Bumpy but the best held his heart and will be watching you from heaven. My Mikey, died last year, even tho we were only married 20 years I still miss him and talk to him.
    Love your memories for you will see him again one day. Sorry I could not make it to Ohio, I am living in Florida and could not fly.
    God Bless You , Dear Maggie

  • Dear Rhoades Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Bumpy passing. He was a wonderful neighbor and an all round nice guy. We will miss seeing him on our morning bike rides.
    May you be comforted in this time of loss by knowing how much he was loved and respected by those that knew him.
    God Bless you all,
    Ron and Betsy Morrison
    Your Florida neighbors.