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Robert Rhoa

Robert James "Bob" Rhoa

Friday, May 21st, 1943 - Monday, March 8th, 2021
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Obituary

Robert J. “Bob” Rhoa, 77, of St. Joseph, passed away at his home on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 12, 2021, at 1:30PM, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Church St., St. Joseph, with Fr. Arul officiating. Burial will follow Riverview Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 5PM until 7PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. A rosary will be recited at 6:30PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, or Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Bob was born on May 21, 1943, to Arthur & Erma (McKenzie) Rhoa in Barnesboro, PA. He graduated from Visitation High School and then moved to Detroit where he met the love of his life Karen Kelly, marrying on August 28, 1965. Bob owned and operated Lake Michigan Mailers. He enjoyed engaging in the stock market, boating and most importantly spending his time with his family. Bob was an continuously optimistic person who was known for his honor, charity and enthusiasm. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Bob is survived by wife of 55 years, Karen Rhoa of St. Joseph; sons, Jeff (Marni) Rhoa of Stevensville, David (Deedra) Rhoa of Mattawan and Matthew Rhoa of San Diego, CA; and grandchildren, Megan, Brittnay and Nicholas Rhoa.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur & Erma Rhoa; son Brian Rhoa; and brothers Richard & Donald Rhoa.





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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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    Notes
    A rosary will be recited at 6:30PM.
  • Service

    Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, March 12th, 2021 1:30pm
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    Address
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, 915 Pleasant St., St. Joseph, Caring Circle, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, or Berrien County Cancer Services, 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph.
  • Interment

    Location
    Riverview Cemetery
    Address
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Bill Vegter

Posted at 11:51am
Bob was an All-Phase colleague, friend, and many years ago, a fellow Lion's Club member. We both had the privilege of knowing Bob and Karen and sharing many happy times. He will be missed and we send our sincere condolences to Karen and the family. Barb and Bill Vegter
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Joan kuhnpeden

Posted at 08:02pm
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was so kind and thoughtful. Aside from babysitting your boys, I worked in your basement when you first started the business. What sweet people your family was. Blessings to you all during this difficult time. Joan Kuhn Peden
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Mark Wortman

Posted at 07:38pm
Bob was an amazing person. He had such a great attitude, dry wit and loved to talk about his family and sons. I will dearly miss him as we all will. My condolences to the Rhoa family and Karen during this difficult time. Mark & Mary Wortman

Kathy Jillson

Posted at 07:24pm
I worked at All-Phase Electric in the 1980's. Bob Rhoa was my boss before he formed Lake Michigan Mailers. He was a fair, kind, understanding leader. My sympathies to his family at this time of his goodbye. Sincerely, Kathy Jillson
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Alice Edington

Posted at 06:23pm
Wayne and I so enjoyed spending time with Bob & Karen. Some of my best memories of Bob include him piloting their boat down the river, cheering at ND's hockey games and bopping about the neighborhood in his golf cart moving rocks. Always on the move & always helping others. Several years ago I started to ask Wayne WWBD (What Would Bob Do)? He will be greatly missed.
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