Douglas T. Rhodes

02/10/1963 - 04/19/2023


Obituary For Douglas T. Rhodes

Douglas T. Rhodes Feb. 10, 1963 – April 19, 2023

Ret. Major Douglas T. Rhodes, 60, Hollidaysburg, died peacefully at the Presbyterian Village Hollidaysburg after a heroic 17 year battle with brain cancer. Doug was born in Bellefonte, son of Robert and Linda (Duck) Rhodes. He married Margaret Gildea on June 28, 1986. Surviving are his wife Margaret (Gildea) Rhodes, his parents Bob and Linda, sons; Samuel (Rachel) of Hollidaysburg and Luke (Hannah) of Indianapolis, Indiana, a daughter; Clair (TBD) of Hollidaysburg, 3 grandchildren: Marshall Judge, Faith Elisabeth, and Ridge Douglas. Doug is also survived by his sister Lisa (John) Urban of Hollidaysburg and their children; Brian, Kate and Sarah, and too many Gildeas to count. He was preceded in death by his beloved uncles; Jim, Walt and Dave and his Aunt Judy. Diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 43, Doug never asked “Why me?” He instead said “Why not me – I’ve done more in my 43 years than most – I am blessed!” Doug was a proud Club ‘81 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School where he earned high academic honors. He also was a talented athlete, playing center for the Golden Tigers football team and was invited to play in the Big 33 game. Upon graduation, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, earning a BS in Oceanography. While at the Academy, Doug was a two year starter on the offensive line – playing in the Liberty Bowl in 1981. One of his proudest moments as a player was in 1984 –his senior season- when Navy defeated the #2 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks – crushing their Orange Bowl bid. After graduating from the Naval Academy, Doug was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He then went on to flight school in Pensacola, Florida, earning his Wings of Gold in 1987. Doug’s dream was to fly helicopters – “Anyone can fly jets, helicopters are hard to fly- they don’t want to stay in the air!” He and Margaret next moved to North Carolina where he trained to fly the CH-46 helicopter. Doug joined his first active duty squadron, HMM-264 and completed two Mediterranean deployments - participating in Operation Provide Comfort in the first Gulf War – airlifting supplies to the Kurdish refugees. In 1993, Doug and family moved back to Hollidaysburg where he started his own business, Pro Active Sports and also flew helicopters for the Stat MedEvac. Doug retired in 2006 from the United States Marine Corps Reserves with 20 years’ service. His military honors include: the Air Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, one star; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Throughout his life, Doug was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, trapping and just being in the woods. He enjoyed many trips to Canada and Ole Bull fishing with his father, grandparents, uncles and children. He also loved coaching all levels of football, baseball and softball. He relished seeing the growth of his player’s character as much as their skills. Despite Doug’s many personal, military and business accomplishments, he was most proud of his marriage to Margaret and cherished the life that they built with their children and grandchildren. Regardless of the challenges he faced, Doug Rhodes possessed an unwavering moral code. He lived every aspect of his life with integrity and honor. He was a role model to many and will be sadly missed by the countless people whose lives he touched. A Gathering of Friends will be held from 4 to 8 pm Monday April 24, 2023, at Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn Street, Hollidaysburg. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 am Tuesday April 25, 2023 at the church. Arrangements are by Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Doug’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  • 05/01/2023

    Margaret, I am sorry for your loss. As a fellow Marine it was my honor to have served with him. As others have stated as a Marine Officer "Dusty's" leadership was inspirational. So much so that he was placed in charge of the 40 Marines of our "Flight Line" the largest group of young Marines in the Squadron. I trusted and valued his advice and judgment implicitly. More importantly than my trust and confidence, was that of the scores of young Marines that worked for him and that he inspired daily. They respected and remembered him so fondly that it was one of them today after 31 years that took the time to reach out to me and tell me of his passing and their heartfelt regrets. You and he were a tremendous team that gave it your all in everything you did. God bless you and your family.

  • 04/28/2023

    So sorry for your loss. Semper Fidelis.

  • 04/28/2023

    Semper Fidelis, Shipmate.

  • 04/25/2023

    To Doug's wonderful family, Thank you all for sharing him with the rest of us! It was a blessing to have been touched by him in our own lives! We know he is at peace now. He will continue to watch over all of us! We definately need more people like Doug in this world!

  • 04/24/2023

    Proud to have known Doug and played alongside him while he was at the Naval Academy. My condolences to his family. May he rest forever in the peace of Christ. Norm Smith Class of 1984

  • 04/24/2023

    Margaret and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Lori Wiedemer

  • 04/24/2023

    Margaret, Wanda and I grieve with you and the family over the loss of "Dusty", a fellow Marine, Phrog Pilot, squadron mate, and friend. Our fondest memories of HMM-264, the "Black Knights", always include you two. God bless you and the rest of the family. Glad and Wanda Castellaw (former Commanding Officer, HMM-264 and wife).

  • 04/24/2023

    Dear Margaret, Bob, Linda and family, My most heartfelt sympathy and condolences for your loss. Doug was a teammate whom I had the privilege of hosting on his recruiting weekend on his official visit to USNA. I remember thinking what an incredible person he was and how lucky our football program and our country would be to have someone of his caliber and great character decide to attend. We were fortunate to have him! God's love, peace and encouragement to you all! Tom Tarquinio '83

  • 04/23/2023

    An outstanding Marine, husband, father, person! Donk made work fun and was great to be with when liberty call was sounded. His life is an example for all of us to follow. Go with Christ brother!

  • 04/22/2023

    Doug was a wonderful man that we got to know walking around Presbyterian Village. All of the family is in our prayers @ this time. God Bless You All. Dorothy Lansberry Clarence Kessling Little Yorkie Dog - Oliver

  • 04/22/2023

    So sorry for your loss.


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    Dear Margaret, Sam, Luke and Claire, We are so sorry for your loss. Doug was a great man, husband, father and friend. You are all in our prayers. Doug & Doreen Easly and children

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