Jacob Eaton Rhoades, 21, of Emlenton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2023, at Allegheny General Hospital. He was born in Brookville on September 28, 2001, to Jeffrey David Rhoades and Wendy Switzer, as well as Ginger Lou Morgan Covert and Mark Covert.
He attended A.C. Valley High School as well as the Clarion County Career Center. Jacob worked for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66, Palo Contracting, and owned and operated Rhoades Excavating. He was now enrolled in the Operators Union’s apprenticeship program and had gotten a Class A CDL through Kip’s CDL Testing.
Jacob was well-known for his strong work ethic and willingness to help others. He attended Salem Lutheran Church and enjoyed hunting, archery hunting, fishing, riding dirt motorcycles, and tinkering on his 2nd generation Dodge pickup.
Jacob enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandparents. His parents, Jeffrey Rhoades and Wendy Switzer of Emlenton, and Ginger and Mark Covert of Butler, survive, as does his sister, Gina Marie Rhoades, who lives at home; stepbrother, Austin Switzer of Shippenville, and stepsister, Madelyn Switzer of Seneca.
Jacob is also survived by his paternal grandparents, David and Becky Rhoades of Emlenton, and Deborah Myers of Elk City; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Lucinda “Cindy” Morgan of Mayport; step-grandparents, Jim and Joan Covert of Franklin; and a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was predeceased by his great-grandparents, as well as his step-grandfather, Greg Myers, and step-uncle, Cody Myers. Family and friends will be received at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox, on Friday, August 11, 2023, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be placed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2023, at the Salem Lutheran congregation, 2057 Route 208, Lamartine, officiated by Reverend Doug Dyson, pastor of the congregation.
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A funeral service in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery will shortly follow. Services will be live-streamed on the Rupert Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions in memory of Jacob Eaton Rhoades may be made to CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 (online at core.org) or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
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