Floyd C. “Tookie” Rhode Sr., 330 N. 11th St., Escanaba, passed away on Thursday morning, July 2, 0215 at his home after a battle with cancer, with his whole family at his side.
He was born on August 15, 1942 in Gourley Twp., son of Florian and Dagmer (Erickson) Rhode. Floyd was raised in Jam Dam and attended school in Carney.
Floyd and Joyce (McCullough) raised their family in Spalding before he moved to Escanaba 20 years ago.
Floyd was employed with Robinson Furniture as a machinist for many years. He worked at a number of lumber mills in the past, and started as a woodman in his teens.
He was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed making lawn ornaments, wood working, fishing and camping. Also enjoyed going to the local casinos and his trip to Las Vegas, NV.
Among survivors include his son, Floyd Jr. of Escanaba; two daughters, Bevelry and Melody of Escanaba; his former wife, Joyce Rhode of Spalding; a very special granddaughter, Marissa Rae Hammond of Las Vegas, NV; and siblings, Bernice (John) Simonetti, Gerald Rhode, Allen Rhode, Betty (Darwin) Waldo, Raymond Rhode, Blaine (Gloria) Rhode and numerous nieces and nephews. Also his adorable cat, “Puff, the 2nd”.
In addition to his parents, Florian “Rusty” and Dagmer, he was preceded in death by his sister, Irene “Sally” Rhode and brothers, Florian “Sonny”, Herbert, Robert, Clifford and Howard.
A grateful thanks to hospice with the U.P. Health Care System for their care, and their support to him and his family.
Family and friends will gather at the Ludington Park in Escanaba, for a “Lantern Launch” as a memorial on Water Plant Road near the point on Tuesday, July 7th around 10:15 p.m.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Rhode family.