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Stanley P. "Choppy" Rhoads

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Stanley P. "Choppy" Rhoads, age 97, died Aug. 29, 2011, in South Sioux City, Neb. There was a private family burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Stan Rhoads, son of Charles and Myrtle (Pelton) Rhoads was born Dec. 19, 1913, in Cherokee. He was graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee. He studied at Iowa State University and was certified as a Landscape Horticulturist and Tree Surgeon.

He worked in the family business, Rhoadside Greenhouse, which began by producing vegetables and bedding plants and later expanded to greenhouse plants and floral design.

Stan married Dorothy Schroeder on Jan. 1, 1937. They moved to Sioux Falls soon after World War II began. He became an instructor in the radio school at the Sioux Falls Air Base. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps soon after that. After basic training, he returned to teaching at the school. He attended Radar Training at Columbia, S.C., and later worked as a radio operator in Florida. After his discharge, he and Dorothy returned to Sioux Falls.

He took a job at the Veterans Administration Center, where he worked as gardener and grounds supervisor. He later worked for the Sioux Falls Parks Department as caretaker of Terrace Park, and was part-time assistant to the park supervisor. He later worked for the South Dakota State Department of Agriculture as plant quarantine officer (nursery inspector). In addition, he assisted the U.S. Department of Agriculture in insect and plant disease inspection. Stanley retired Dec. 31, 1978, after serving 18 years.

Stan was a recipient of the "John Robertson Memorial" award in Horticulture in 1979, and an honorary life member of the South Dakota Nurserymen's Association. He was past president of the State Horticultural Society, the Central Plant Board, the South Dakota Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club, and the Charleston Court Condominium Association. He was a member of Sunnycrest United Methodist Church and served on the trustee committee for three terms.

After retiring, Stan and his wife Dorothy bought an Airstream trailer and joined the Wally Byam Caravan Club. They attended many rallies across the U.S. and one in Mexico and Canada. They also spent 15 winters in the South, mostly Texas. Also he enjoyed camping at Okoboji and Yankton. They parked their Airstream at the South Dakota State Fair for 15 years.

His wife, Dorothy and one brother, Walter "Bud" Rhoads, preceded him in death.

Grateful for sharing his life are his daughter, Francie Myhre and her husband Larry, Sioux City, plus three grandchildren and four great grandchildren, two sisters Margaret Rhoads and Dory Gano, both of Cherokee.