Kevin Scott Rhodes (maker/builder of things) was promoted to heaven suddenly the evening of April 28th, 2021; he was at home with his wife and youngest daughter. Kevin celebrated his 61st birthday this past January. He will be profoundly missed by family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.
Kevin was always known to extend a helping hand to those he encountered; willing to give his advice, skill or time. His wife, Linda (whom he married on August 3rd, 1985) was told by Kevin, “If you marry me, you will never be bored.” With over 35 years of marriage, Linda can attest to the truth in that promise. He will be deeply missed; but he has forged a tenacious strength in his family which he has left behind. He took great pride in preparing his family to take on the world, teaching and training them was his joy and passion.
Kevin was baptized in the Methodist Church in McPherson. The ensuing years brought a deepening of his faith; the family found spiritual guidance at various churches in the areas to which they moved.
Kevin has always been a voracious learner, starting from a very young age; as his mother will attest. He also loved to implement a plan of action for himself and others to follow. He began his working career early as a paper boy. During his teen years, he continued with other jobs in his home town of McPherson, KS. He was introduced to farm work, by working for his Uncle Lyle Rhodes in his haying business, also for his favorite ag teacher Glen Stucky on his farm. During his Sr. year of high school, he worked as a welder at SG on 2nd shift. During college, he worked for Collingwood Company. He earned a promotion that brought him back to McPherson, KS, where he reconnected with Linda Koehn.
In 1985 Kevin and Linda were married at the McPherson Free Methodist Church in McPherson.
In 1989 Kevin and Linda moved to Lawrence, KS where Kevin completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at University of Kansas. Kevin’s career took off into the technical area which he loved. He traveled extensively for his career, domestic and internationally.
In 1994 Kevin & Linda had their son, Taylor. Their daughter, Rachel, was born in 1996.
In 1997 Kevin’s career took the family to Sweden. Many adventures were made there; it was definitely a time of growth. The summer of 2000 Kevin’s family moved back to the United States; at that time, they relocated to the north Seattle, WA area.
Another sweet member was added to the family in September of 2000 when their daughter Sara was born. It was a wonderful time.
The family moved into their new home in Lynnwood, WA in 2001. Kevin truly enjoyed this home and the friends and acquaintances that were made there. Kevin’s career was becoming diversified; he loved the new challenges that firmware and software engineering supplied. In 2004 Kevin started a new job in Oregon; he commuted during the work week, staying in the home of a generous friend and driving back to the family home on weekends. The family finally moved to Oregon early in 2005. Kevin worked for Intel Corporation for over 10 years. He continued to work in software, firmware engineering and as hardware architect. He worked for various companies in those capacities.
For Kevin, life was an adventure and a pursuit of problem solving. In the most recent years, Kevin became profoundly aware of the fact that “It is all about relationships”. He made it a regular pursuit to have family dinners with his adult children at the family home; often he was grilling – no matter the weather or time of year. We, the family, have had a reflective chuckle at the thought of Kevin discussing with Jesus how to actually walk on water! His humor and ideas were the signature of his well lived life.
Family left to persevere: wife - Linda Rhodes; son - Taylor Rhodes; daughter – Sara Rhodes; daughter - Rachel & her husband Shawn Magnuson and grandson, Zion; mother – Berdene Rhodes Dirks & her husband DeWayne Dirks; brother – Corwin Jantz, niece – Toni Cabezas & her husband Ivan and son Bradley; sister – Sonia & her husband Jeff Sandford, nephew – Austin, niece – Reagan, nephew - Carson; father – George Jantz; Mother-in-law – Dona Cooper. And many extended family members – whom Kevin enjoyed staying connected with.
Higher education was very important to Kevin. Therefore, we have set-up a GoFundMe account for Kevin’s future progeny at https://gofund.me/db246113. Or, if you prefer, make a donation to OpenDoorsUSA.org in Kevin’s name; it is a worthy charity, which has great impact.
A memorial will be held at the McPherson Free Methodist Church, 1010 S Maple, McPherson, KS 67460, on Saturday, May 15th at 2:00pm. A family and friend time of remembrance, with light meal, to follow.
A memorial service in the Beaverton, OR area will be held later this summer; details will follow.
Published on May 12, 2021