Kenneth A.'Kennyﾕ' Rhodee
Kenneth A. ﾒKennyﾓ Rhodee, 73, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully in his home Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.
Ken is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy (nee Johns); his children, Ryan Rhodee, Mindy (Jason) Voelker, Adam (Becka) Rhodee and Emily (Josh) Russart; grandchildren, Chase and Lucas Voelker and Griffin Rhodee; and also is survived by a sister, Connie (Jim) Howden.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Gladys Rhodee, and sister, Carol Rhodee.
Ken served in the U.S. Army at Camp Leonard Wood in Missouri. He came home in 1958 from the service to help run the the family florist/greenhouse business. He managed Rhodee Florist for the past 51 years of the 87 years that they have been in business. He was an active member of the Oconomowoc American Legion Band. His first parade was in 1949 and he took over as the legion band manager in 1978 and held that position until present.
He marched in three inaugural parades and one Rose Bowl parade. He met his wife in the Mounted Band in the first circus parade and he had his own band called the Ken Rhodee Orchestra. He also orchestrated the big band concerts every summer at City Beach in Oconomowoc. Ken was also a member of Dr. Martin Luther Church, the American Legion Post 91, honorary member of the Waukesha Musicians Association Local 193 and the 40 et 8 Voiture Local 777, where he served as the Sous Chef de Train. One thing that Ken was very proud of was that he was the citizen of the year in Oconomowoc in 2004.
Visitation for Ken will take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Pagenkopf Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. service Thursday, Oct. 1, at Dr. Martin Luther Church.
Memorials are suggested to Dr. Martin Luther Church or to the Oconomowoc Memorial Regional Cancer Center.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home, 1165 Summit Ave., Highway 67, Oconomowoc, is serving the family. For more information, please call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com