Van Mater Rhodes

Van Mater Rhodes, age 90, of Morgantown, WV, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023 at Harmony Senior Care.  He was born June 27, 1932 in Peru, IN son of Russell R. Rhodes and Katryna Van Mater Rhodes.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Marcia Cauley and Jane Rhodes.


Van Mater was a 1950 graduate of Peru High School and a graduate of Indiana University.  He worked in sales for Von Senden Specialty Advertising.  Van Mater served in the United States Air Force.  He was a founding member of Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association and a member of North Star Players amateur theatre group.


Left to cherish Van Mater’s memory are his wife, Patricia McNamara Rhodes; son, Russell R Rhodes (Debra) of Uniontown; daughter Sheri Hock (Rick) of Woodbury, NJ; grandchildren, Ryne, Carene Shipley (Tyler), Katryna, Rhys, Jeff and Hamilton and great grandchild, Abram Shipley.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME, 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA.  Family and friends will be received in St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church on Friday, February 17, 2023 from 9 until 10 a.m. followed by a service celebrating Van Mater’s life at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Kevin Anderson and Rev. Barbara Love co-officiating.  Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA.


Donations in memory of Van Mater can be made to the Tunnel to Towers and Samaritan’s Purse.


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