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Robert “Bob” Rhoads 1949-2024

Robert “Bob” Rhoads, of Gettysburg passed away in his sleep at the age of 74 years old on July 6, 2024, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Robert “Bob” Rhoads
Robert “Bob” Rhoads

Bob leaves behind his beloved wife of 40 years, Janice Rhoads; daughter, Joanna Vaughn and husband Geoff of Holland, PA; son Tyler Rhoads and wife Liz of Gettysburg, and step-daughter Erin Propst and husband Matthew Moon, also of Gettysburg. Bob is survived by his 5 grandchildren, who he cherished and loved deeply: Kellen and Aidan Vaughn, Penny Moon, Jane Propst, and Ashton Rhoads.

Bob was born to Milton and Mary Rhoads on September 10, 1949, in Norristown, PA.

Bob received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University, and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Hood College. Bob was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy; he always took time to shake hands with and thank active duty members of the military for their service.

Bob Rhoads was passionate about cycling. Together with his buddy, Bob Nordvall, he ran the Gettysburg Bicycle Club and participated in RAGBRAI several times. Bob was a Road Marshall for the Tour DuPont and followed the Tour de France and the Paris-Roubaix religiously. Bob was also an avid skier and volunteered for years as one of the first members of the Trail Patrol at Ski Liberty.

Bob made his big screen acting debut as an extra in the 1993 classic “Gettysburg”. On stage, Bob could be seen in multiple community-based live theater events at Gettysburg College in the 1990s. He tried not to take himself or life too seriously, and embraced all kinds of acting roles.

Bob was a big believer in volunteerism and giving back to his community. Bob gave time to the Penn Laurel Girl Scouts as a troop leader for his daughters Joanna and Erin. He also assisted with annual fudge fundraising sales for the Adams County Democrats. For many years Bob proudly served as the YWCA Parking Captain for the annual Spirit of Gettysburg 5K. He often spent weekends volunteering for the shock trauma unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

As a public official, Mr. Rhoads served as a member of the Mount Pleasant Township Zoning Board and later as the Vice Chair of the Mount Pleasant Township Board of Supervisors. He served as a voting member of the Adams County Transportation Planning Organization, on the Pennsylvania State Board of Township Supervisors and with the Adams County Council of Governments. Bob was a member of several boards of directors including Planned Parenthood of Gettysburg, The Chamber of Commerce of Gettysburg and Adams County Head Start.

Bob was an avid reader and could often be found spending time at the library. He was also an animal lover and a supporter of animal adoption. Over the years he rescued dozens of cats, much to his wife’s chagrin. During this time they also adopted many rescue dogs into their pack.

Bob had a diverse employment background. He traveled extensively as a sales agent at Quigley Motor Company of York, Pennsylvania. He also worked for Wellspan Crisis Intervention at Gettysburg Hospital’s emergency department. For many years, he worked as a life insurance agent in both Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Kaiserslautern, Germany. In his first career Bob was the director of Drug and Alcohol in Gettysburg and worked for an agency that is now known as York/Adams MH-IDD. In his younger years was a bridge painter, a school bus driver, and blast hole driller at a quarry.

In his retirement, Bob enjoyed spending his free time playing poker with his friends, walking the battlefield and watching poker tournaments on television. In recent years, he loved hosting people in the couple’s Airbnb and sharing his vast knowledge of the Gettysburg area with them.

He was a devoted Eagles fan, and loved supporting any activity involving his beloved grandchildren. Bob’s charisma and humor will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

The family is planning a celebration of life in August and asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be given in Bob’s name to the Adams County Library System or the Adams County SPCA.

Online obituary and condolences available at the funeral home’s website.


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