Ronald 'Dusty' Rhoads

Ronald “Dusty” Rhoads, 91, of Lansing, died, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, at his home. He was born March 1, 1924, in Mesilla Park, N. M., the son of Githen Edd and Ruth P. (Ash) Rhoads.

The first most memorable moment in Dusty’s life was when he met Rita Lucille Hayes in the park in Denver, Colo., for the first time. They were married on Jan. 3, 1950, in Denver. She preceded him in death on Dec. 1, 2014. The second most memorable moment was guarding John F. Kennedy, on the day before he was assassinated. Dusty served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, during WWII. He then served in the U.S. Air Force in the office of Special Investigation and retired in 1966. He worked as an investigator for the Department of Agriculture from 1966 to 1970. He served as the Lansing Police Chief from 1970 to 1972. He then served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office from 1972 until he retired in the mid-1980s. Dusty was a Boy Scout Leader, a member of the American Legion Post 411 and served as city council member for the Lansing Fire Department.

He is survived by four sons, Joseph Rhoads, Robert (Leigh Ann) Rhoads, Randolph E. Rhoads, Russell A. (Donna) Rhoads; a daughter, Mary P.(Craig) Partin; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Fr. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church.