Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Sept. 2, 1930 — June 25, 2017

Harold Thomas Rhode, Jr., 86, a Goodland, Kan., resident, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Center in Goodland.
Harold was born Sept. 2, 1930, to Harold Thomas Rhode, Sr., and Dola (Johnson) in Tabor, Iowa. Harold graduated high school in Tabor, Iowa, and graduated college at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He was an outstanding athlete in both high school and college.
He held three master’s degrees in education. He was a teacher and a track coach at Billings, Mont., when he retired. After retirement, he returned to coaching track at Absarokee, Mont. He and Renee moved to Goodland in 2004.
Harold was a member of the Goodland Bible Church of Goodland. His favorite activities were teaching, coaching track, playing pinochle, gospel music, loved seeing and playing with all of his grandchildren, co-writing poems with his oldest granddaughter, and teaching each grandchild how to fly fish at the cabin in Montana.
Harold is survived by his wife Renee of Goodland; his children Debbie Alfred, Kevin Rhode, Larry Dreiling, Chris Dreiling, Kevin Dreiling, Darren Dreiling; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents, his sister Marilyn, and two young children Lorie and Brett.
A memorial service was held Sunday, July 2, 2017, at the Goodland Bible Church, 109 Willow Road, Goodland, Kan.
A memorial fund will be designated later and may be left at the memorial service or mailed to Bateman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 278, Goodland, KS 67735. Online condolences may be left at