Uncle Charlie Rhodes (Sarcopski) Obituary

Obituary for my Uncle Charlie Rhodes.  I hope that you’ve found peace; you’ll never be forgotten.


Charles L. “Charlie” Rhodes

Charlie Rhodes

April 14, 1949 – June 16, 2015

Charles L. “Charlie” Rhodes, 66, of Bellaire, OH died Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born April 14, 1949 in Washington D.C. a son of the late Paul W. and Mary E. McCoy Rhodes (Sarcopski).

Charlie was a retired Roof Bolter for Consol Coal Company # 4 mine in Clarington, OH., a catholic by faith, a social member of the Bellaire VFW and Sons of Italy, UMWA Local Union 1785 and the Mine Rescue Team.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Paul and Stephen Michael Rhodes.

Surviving are his wife, Michele Dailer Rhodes of Dublin, OH., a son, Jesse (Stacy) Rhodes of Lewis Center, OH., siblings, Pat Miller of Cleveland, OH, Lester (Pat) Rhodes of Jonesboro, GA, and Sharon (Mike) Curtin of Columbus, OH., many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends will be received Saturday from 12:30 pm until time of service at 5:30 pm at Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire with Msgr. George Coyne officiating. Final arrangements at the convenience of the family.

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Remembering Bobby J. – February 26th 2015

Tonight it is with a very heavy heart that I write this post.  I just received word from my hometown that my old neighbor, the young boy I knew while I was growing up, passed away much too soon.

It is moments like these that violently jolt us awake from the slumber brought on by daily monotonous routine.  

Tomorrow the sun will still rise, people will still go to work, but the world will not be the same, and never will be again.  There is one more whose light has been extinguished and now only exists in memory.

I wanted to write a post to serve as a memorial for Bobby Junior, known to me as simply Bobby J.  This is for that little kid who would always be so happy when I found the time to play with him, for the kid who laughed hysterically when I taught him the word “butt-pirate.”  It is for a kid who had a tough time in life and never seemed to find firm footing.  

Bobby J, it has been almost 20 years since we last met and tonight I wish I would have reached out just once to say hello.  I still have your name on AOL IM, that old messaging service that nobody uses anymore, and always wondered why your name continued to be there year after year. I tried to send you the picture below through AOL a few months ago but for some reason it didn’t work.  I thought I had plenty of time to try again.     

Tonight your mother and brother weigh heavily in my thoughts.  This is going to be very hard on them.  I know you had a pretty rough adult life and can only hope that you have now found peace.  

I hope that when I too leave this world we can sit again on the chimney and I can teach you another silly insult like “butt-pirate,” that your parents will get slightly upset with me for doing.  I’ll try to learn some new, equally entertaining insults to share with you before I get there.  

I’m thinking of you tonight buddy.  I feel a profound sadness that seeps into my very soul.  With your death a piece of my own childhood has died as well.   



In Memory of Bobby J. Hahn
In Memory of Bobby J. Hahn

Mary Elizabeth Rhodes (McCoy)- Memorial Post

Mary Elizabeth Rhodes (McCoy)

You are not forgotten

Mary Rhodes

| Columbus Dispatch


PUBLICATION: Columbus Dispatch, The (OH)

DATE: May 3, 2007

EDITION: Home Final

Page: 05B
RHODES Mary Elizabeth Rhodes, 81, of Columbus, formerly of Bellaire, Ohio and Greeneville, Tennessee, died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Born May 10, 1925, in Afton, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Daniel (Buck) and Grace Smith McCoy. She was a member of St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in Columbus. Mary loved baseball and hockey, especially the Columbus Clippers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. She especially enjoyed being a teacher’s aide at Trinity Catholic Preschool at St. Margaret of Cortona Parish in Columbus, where she was affectionately known as Grandma Mary. She also enjoyed working in her garden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul W. Rhodes on June 27, 1989, two sons, John Paul Rhodes on April 25, 1985 and Stephen Michael Rhodes on December 23, 1950, one brother, Roy McCoy and four sisters, Hazel Roberts, Mabelle Kinnick, Arma Nell Southerland and Agnes Harmon. Surviving are four children, Patricia Ann (Bob) Miller of Wickliffe, Ohio, Charles L. (Michelle) Rhodes of Bellaire, Ohio, Lester C. (Pat) Rhodes of Bridgeport, Ohio and Sharon M. (Mike) Curtin of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Pauline Solomon of Greeneville, Tennessee; three half sisters, Gay Mitchell and Reba Green, both of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Barbara Roe of Johnson City, Tennessee; three half-brothers, Glenn McCoy and Charles McCoy, both of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Walter McCoy of Telford, Tennessee. Also seven grandchildren, Vince, Tammy, Matt, Christy, Jesse, John and Margot and several great-grandchildren and a special niece and friend, Phyllis (Gary) Jones of Greeneville, Tennessee. Family and friends will be received at the BAUKNECHT-ALTMEYER FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY, 441 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio, on Thursday, May 3, 2007, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio, with Msgr. Gene W. Mullett, the Celebrant. Interment in the Holly Memorial Gardens at Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Vigil services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Catholic Elementary School Scholarship Fund, 1381 Ida Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Share your thoughts and memories with Mary‘s family at
Cemetery information:
Holly Memorial Gardens
73360 Pleasant Grove Rd
Colerain, OH 43916
Grave Coordinates: 40°08’46.7″N 80°50’51.0″W

Mary E Rhodes Grave


Thomas Howard Benner

| Columbus Dispatch


PUBLICATION: Columbus Dispatch, The (OH)

DATE: September 29, 2002

EDITION: Home Final

Page: 04B
BENNER Thomas Howard Benner, age 58, of Columbus. September 22, 2002 at The James Cancer Hospital. Born July 30, 1944 in Fort Wayne, Ind. Graduate of Chillicothe High School and The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Air Force veteran with service in Vietnam. Sergeant and language specialist (Mandarin Chinese) with the 6592nd Support Group. Employed as a civil engineer with R.D. Zande & Associates. Preceded in death by father Gail Benner and sister Sharon Breen. Survived by wife, Connie Curtin Benner; son, Nick Benner; mother, Sara Carroll; sister-in-law, Kathy (John) Grady of Aurora, Ohio, Mary Curtin O’Rourke and husband Dan of Worthington; brothers-in-law Robert E. (Lorraine) Curtin of Columbus, Michael F. (Sharon) Curtin of Columbus. Arrangements being handled by Novak Funeral Home, 4476 N. High St. Calling hours and funeral service information in Tuesday’s Dispatch. Memorial donations may be made to The Catholic Foundation, the Robert E. and Marie C. Curtin Memorial Fund, 1071 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43206
Thomas Benner
Thomas Benner
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Robert Edward Curtin – 5/1/1922 – 8/16/2001

This post serves as a memorial to my Grandfather Robert E. Curtin.  I miss him very much and want to ensure he is never forgotten.

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PUBLICATION: Columbus Dispatch, The (OH)

DATE: August 18, 2001

EDITION: Home Final

Page: 07B
CURTIN Robert Edward Curtin, age 79, of Columbus, August 16, 2001 at Riverside Hospital. Born May 1, 1922, the first of three children to Forrest and Hettie Curtin. 1940 graduate of Columbus Aquinas High School, 1948 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Business. Army veteran of WW II. First Lieutenant with the 10th Mountain Division, 616th Field Artillery, combat service in Italy. Career employee (1948-1982) of the Burroughs Corporation – (Retirement Party video). Longtime parishioner, St. Christopher Church and Immaculate Conception Church. Preceded in death by wife Marie Cummins Curtin. Survived by their five children, Kathy (John) Grady of Aurora, Oh., Robert E. Jr. (Lorraine) of Columbus, Connie (Tom) Benner of Columbus, Michael F. (Sharon) Curtin of Columbus and Mary (Dan) O’Rourke of Columbus; 11 grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Peg Grannon of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brother, Jerry Curtin of Springfield, Oh. Family will receive friends at the JOHN QUINT AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 1177 W. Fifth Ave., Sunday 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Rosary 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. North Broadway. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Marie Cummins Curtin Scholarship in Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Foundation c/o the College of Pharmacy, 500 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, Oh. 43210-1291.

Grandpa – War Notes
Before War 

  1. Grandma graduated in 1943. She was #1 in Pharmacy at OSU and #1 in the State.
  2. Grandpa started OSU in 1940 but war started on December 7th, 1941 so Grandpa didn’t graduate until 1948.
  3. Grandpa sitting at his desk at home and heard on the radio that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. –  Japs bought oil from the U.S. but Roosevelt shut it off so they attacked.
  4. 2 Years in the ROTC were mandatory at OSU. Grandpa went into advanced ROTC and so did his buddy McCarthy.
  5. Went to Fort Knox, Kentucky for summer training. Grandpa got sick and was sent to the hospital.  In the officer’s ward they said “Ever heard of General George Patton?”  Grandpa said “No.”  They said “You will!”
  6. Grandpa went back to OSU and took constant courses.
  7. A Corporal came in and said “How would all of you like to become Corporals?” (You had to be a Corporal to get into OCS – Officer Candidate School.”
  8. Sent whole group to North Carolina, Fort Bragg. Grandpa said it was “Hot as hell.”  Hottest summer in history.
  9. Grandpa got sick and was taking salt pills. Grandpa went to the orderly room and Grandpa’s father called and said they were going back to OSU.  Nobody believed Grandpa and he ended up winning a few hundred bucks on bets.  (Father knew President (President of OSU Howard Landis Bevis?) who knew Alben Barkley)
  10. Grandpa took more classes
  11. Grandpa couldn’t “see” engineering drawing (couldn’t understand) so the only reason he passed is because his girlfriend (Grandma) got an A.
  12. Was sent to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where they got their Officer Commissions. It only took 13 weeks and they were known as “13 week wonders.”
  13. Four more weeks were added because of the US defeat at Kasserine Pass. The reason is that the officers could not read maps so an extra 4 weeks were added for map reading. Had to be a competent aerial photograph reader or no commission.
  14. Commanding officer at Fort Sill was #2 in Douglas MacArthur’s class at WestPoint.
  15. (102 Artillery) Only 12 remained in artillery – Others sent to infantry. Grandpa was very lucky to be placed in artillery.
  16. Grandpa was sent to 99th division at Camp Maxey. Couple of months that were very hot. He got orders to go to France.
  17. Most other platoons at 102% (2% excess)
  18. The 99th division’s first action was at the Battle of the Bulge.
  19. Grandpa went to Fort Meade, Maryland as excess. They didn’t know what to do with Grandpa. (Grandpa was part of the 2% excess and so wasn’t sent to France and the Battle of the Bulge.)
  20. Schedule –
    1. 6:00am – 1st Breakfast
    2. 7:30 – 2nd Breakfast
    3. 8:30 – Roll Call
    4. 11:00 – 1st Lunch
    5. 12:15 – 2nd Lunch
    6. First race at Laurel 1:00. 1943 Football season.  “V.O.C.O” – Verbal Order Commanding Officer.  Got leave 4-5 days.
  21. Grandpa got to go home for the OSU Michigan Game (November 20th – OSU lost 7-45) and Thanksgiving (November 25th) (extension OK’d for VOCO). They had to go to a certain office to ask for the leave with extension and the first question they were asked is, “When the hell did you guys get here?  If they had not asked for an extension they would have spent the war at Fort Meade as their records had been lost.  (Matt Note:  Reminds me of Catch-22 – NO records, they don’t exist!!  J  )
  22. McCarthy and Curtin – Both from Aquinas High School school and were together the entire time.

23. Luggage sent to North Dakota when came from Camp Maxey. Had no luggage. Told superiors they would not buy new stuff.  Found luggage and sent to Italy.

During the War

10th Mountain Division – World War 2

Robert Curtin’s World War Two Letters

  1. May 11th 1944 – Mother’s Day Letter
  2. December 24th, 1944 – Christmas Eve Letter


  1. Sent to Naples then to Florence
  2. 8th replacement depository between Florence and seaport in the Mediterranean. Commanding officer took him out in Florence, got him drunk and said he would send Grandpa and McCarthy to the same outfit. a.) Grandpa was assigned to the C Battery – 10th Mountain Division
    b.) McCarthy was assigned to the A Battery – 10th Mountain Division
  3. These were the days when the last of the Germans were in the Apennine Mountains.
  4. Grandpa reported into San Miniato. He got a letter from Aunt Marie which said “How do you like San Miniato?”  Nobody was supposed to know where they were!!  Grandpa could have gotten into big trouble but Joe McCarthy didn’t say anything.  “Aunt went out to dinner, found a map of Italy and just pointed and said he is close to here.”
  5. First Action – Was a forward observer to keep an eye on the Germans. Saw Germans in the Po Valley delivering weapons into a house disguised as a hospital.
  6. Grandpa called in for a ‘Fire mission’ on that hospital. Reply – “Sorry, we’ve shot up our allotted rounds for the day.”
  7. That night interdictory fire à Germans couldn’t see anything but shot up the hill that Grandpa was on.  Apennine Mountains.  Grandpa “very lucky to be alive.”  The following day they blasted out the Germans with tremendous firepower.
  8. After battle hard to see dead soldiers, animals, will never forget the stench.
  9. The German gas supply (located in Ploesti) was knocked out by a U.S. bombing raid. The Germans had to use animals to pull their weapons.
  10. Grandpa was relieved of “forward observer” to become a Battery Executive officer in charge of 4, 105mm Howitzer cannons. Went from the Apennine Mountains to the Po Valley and didn’t stop.
  11. A German Panzer Maus tank hit Grandpa’s third battle station. The blast turned a 2 ½ ton gun into smoke, completely destroyed.
  12. German column came from the North and said something in broken English. Grandpa thinks they might be trying to give themselves up. Grandpa orders the 4th gun section to fire on them in the Po Valley (Modena City).  Blew most up and captured the rest.
  13. At Lake Garda – Arco City (Northern Italy) Grandpa advanced May 2nd, 1945 and the Germans surrendered.
  14. President Truman orders them to go to North East Italy, then Caporetto, Slovenia (Grandpa saw women with guns on their shoulders) (Isonzo River) and keep Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia strong man) from seizing Trieste, Italy.
  15. Italians had built a huge monument to the worst defeat in WWI (Ossario di Oslavia)
  16. Tito was told not to cross the Isonzo River or the Americans would fire.
  17. That ended Grandpa’s fighting days.

After the War

  1. Grandpa went to Florence and Rome (Took dates with Italian girls begging for money. Grandpa afraid to shack with them. Just went to clubs)
  2. Naples to Florence – Everyone wanted to sell something (desperate for money) If anyone tried to sell them wine, they told them to get away and if ignored then they would shoot in the air to make them leave. (Kerosene wine made you blind.)
  3. Germans were glad to get out of the war.
  4. Went to Merano, Bolzano in the Tyrol Mountains.


Google Zoomable Map click HERE

Yellow – Start point (excluding Naples where Grandpa flew into)
Red – Action
Blue – Vacation afterwards

Interview about experience in World War II

Video Notes:
Wehrmachts – Marketenderware Verkauf in Freien Handel verboten’
“Sales in the Free Market are Prohibited” – and ‘Reserve a la Wehrmacht”

Grateful Nation Salutes 'Fog' Curtin
Grateful Nation Salutes ‘Fog’ Curtin

Grateful Nation Salutes ‘Fog’ CurtinCLICK HERE for complete article

National Archives page for Robert Curtin – Click Here

fold3 (by page for Robert Curtin – Click Here

Denver Public Library (Home of the 10th Mountain Division Archives)

Call Number:
Publisher, Date:
22 digital files (3.80 GB)
Bio/Organization Note:
Robert Edward “Fog” Curtin was born on May 1, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio and enlisted in the Army at Columbus, Ohio on June 23, 1942. He later went to officer’s candidate school in Fort Sill, Okla. where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on April 8, 1944. In 1945, Curtin joined the 10th Mountain Division in Italy as an officer with Battery C of the 616th Field Artillery Battalion. He later attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant before being dischared on May 4, 1946.Curtin died on August 18, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio
Collection contains personal photographs, correspondence, interviews, and clippings stored on 22 digital files.
Other Author:
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
Collection contains digital files only.
Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.
Robert Edward “Fog” Curtin was born on May 1, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio and enlisted in the Army at Columbus, Ohio on June 23, 1942. He later went to officer’s candidate school in Fort Sill, Okla. where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on April 8, 1944. In 1945, Curtin joined the 10th Mountain Division in Italy as an officer with Battery C of the 616th Field Artillery Battalion. He later attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant before being dischared on May 4, 1946.Curtin died on August 18, 2001 in Columbus, Ohio
Forms part of: 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.
Collection is comprised of: 4 pdf files, 16 jpg files, 2 mp4 files
Gift; Matt Curtin; 2016.

Robert E. Curtin is also listed in the 10th Mountain Division national roster (Page. 188) which can be found in the appendix of the following book:

10th Mountain Division
10th Mountain Division

10th Mountain Division – Hardcover – June 1st, 1998
By: Randy W. Baumgardner

Amazon Link:  Click Here





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Birth: May 1st, 1922 – Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death:  August 16th, 2001, Columbus, Franklin County Ohio, USA
Date of burial – August 20th, 2001

Resurrection Cemetery
Lewis Center, Delaware County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Garden of Visitation/Nativity, Lot 26, Space 5
Grave Coordinates: 40°08’49.1″N 83°00’48.8″W

Robert Edward Curtin Grave

Thoughts and memories about my Grandpa:

I’ll always remember Grandpa sitting in his lazy boy recliner, smoking his pipe, eating Planter’s Peanuts and watching World War II on the history channel.

We stayed overnight at my grandparent’s house a few times and one time in particular I remember very well.  Dinner was made and we were eating at the counter but I didn’t want to eat my vegetables.  Grandpa told me I needed to eat them but then Grandma said “Oh, Bob, he doesn’t need to eat them if he doesn’t want to.”  That was a great great moment and fit perfectly into the ideal of a Grandmother.

Grandma was carrying a TV on a tray but lost her balance and dropped it over Grandpa who was sitting in his Lazy-Boy recliner as usual.  He caught it, not from underneath but by its sides which was really impressive to me.