December 29, 2020
Willie Reed Rhodes, Jr., age 63, of Marysville, died unexpectedly on his birthday, Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at his home. He was a retired associate of Honda of America where he worked at the East Liberty Plant since 1991. He attended Westerville South High School and The Ohio State University. A NASCAR enthusiast, Willie enjoyed customizing slot cars. He liked sports and was a big OSU fan. During his younger years, he also liked gardening and yardwork. Above all, he was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by many loved ones including his beloved dog, “Pepsi.” He was born December 29, 1957 in Columbus and was preceded in death by his father, Willie R. Rhodes, Sr.; and a nephew, Matthew Mangia. He is survived by his wife, Joann Rhodes; his daughter, Jennifer Rhodes; his son, Alexander (Mariha) Rhodes; his grandchildren, Lillian, Calista, Lucas and Brennan; his mother, Sarah Rhodes; his sister, Debra (Marc) Mangia; and his niece, Michelle Mangia; and other relatives. The family will hold a memorial gathering at a later date. Underwood Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to WINGS Enrichment Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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