Kenneth C. Rhoda

March 30, 1922
- February 25, 2012

MILO - Kenneth C. Rhoda, 89, passed away suddenly and peacefully Feb. 25, 2012, at the Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, knowing he was loved and confident of a heavenly home with the Lord. He was born March 30, 1922, the son of Frederick Rhoda of Milo and Sybil (Emery) Rhoda, originally of Dalton, Vt. He grew up on his family's small dairy farm and attended Milo schools. In 1942 he left high school to join the U.S. Army, where he served as a diesel mechanic with the 888th Signal Company, assigned to New Guinea and then the Philippines. When World War II ended, he was honorably discharged after 38 months of service. He earned several decorations, including the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He returned to Milo, where, for 25 years, he worked at the American Thread spool mill until competition from plastic spools shuttered the plant. As a millwright, he maintained the mill's belt-driven machinery, powered by the waste sawdust furnace. He then worked at the Katahdin Lumber sawmill for 10 years, and later on Milo's cemetery grounds crew. In 1954 he married Suzanne Rose Laucus of Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of Lithuanian immigrants. Her sister married another Milo man, and Ken and Sue met at the wedding reception. They had one daughter, Katherine. Ken was an active member of Milo United Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. A quiet and gentle man, he enjoyed organic gardening, Bible study and feeding the birds. When health issues forced him to leave his home for assisted living at Pleasant Meadows, Dover-Foxcroft, and later the Maine Veterans Home, he made the transition with quiet grace, acceptance and dignity. He was of sound mind to the last. He is survived by his daughter, Katherine Rhoda of Hiram and Monhegan; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Frances Richards and Margaret Long; his brothers, Frederick Jr., Earl and Henry; and his wife of 50 years, Suzanne. Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Lary Funeral Home, 31 Elm St., Milo. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at United Baptist Church, 8 Pleasant St., Milo, with Pastor Phil McGlaughlin officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery, Milo. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Three Rivers Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 432, Milo, ME 04463. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at

Published in BDN Maine on February 27, 2012

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