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James Rhea, 76, of Trenton, passed away at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 28, 2008, at Wright Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Rhea was born Jan. 3, 1929, in Trenton, the son of Millard and Ruth McKinnon Rhea. He married Carolyn Austin on April 29, 1950, in Chillicothe; she preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 1989. Mr. Rhea served in the National Guard. He worked for R.E.A. and then went to work for Missouri Public Service where he worked for 33 years before retiring and moving back to Trenton. His hobbies were woodworking, tinkering in his shop, helping others wire, square dancing, car rides, and spending time with friends and family. He was a member of the Trenton Masonic Lodge, Richmond Eastern Star, and the First Christian Church of Trenton.
Survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila Day and her husband, Randy, of Richmond, and Sheena Reynolds and her husband, Danny, of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Maridonna McKee of Chillicothe, and Bonnie McNabb and her husband, Jack, of Trenton; three grandchildren, Anthony “A.J.” Day, Joseph Reynolds and Courtney Reynolds; sister-in-law, Wilma Horn; brother-in-law, Wayne Austin and his wife, Sylvia; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and his parents, one sister, Doris Boyle, and three brothers-in-laws, Robert Boyle, Bill Horn, and Robert McKee, preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. These can be left at or mailed to Resthaven Mortuary, P.O. Box 587, Trenton, Mo. 64683
Cremation. A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Resthaven Mortuary in Trenton. A celebration of life service will immediately follow the visitation at 2 p.m., at the mortuary. Brother Robert Burkeybile will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Trenton.
Arrangements are under the direction of Whitaker-Eads Funeral Home in Trenton.