David Rhodes

David A. Rhodes

Monday March 6, 1933 - Saturday April 6, 2019
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Rhodes, David A., 86, of Ocean City, passed away April 6, 2019 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills. Born in Ontario Canada, he was raised in Atlantic City and lived in Absecon for over 45 years before moving to Ocean City several years ago. He was an Air Force veteran serving during the Korean War. He worked as an artist, designer and draftsman with Wheaton Industries in Millville before his retirement. He was a member of the United Methodist Church at Absecon.

David was a gifted artist, carver, and author, receiving numerous awards including Artist of the Year, Decoy Carver of the year by the NJ Carvers Association, and several World Championships. His popular and extremely realistic carvings were collected by art lovers, used as references by academic institutions, and displayed in museums and public buildings, including Shore Medical Center and what was the Noyes Museum. David was a popular fixture at decoy shows, and a frequent judge at the World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competitions in Salisbury, MD. He was described by the NY Times as an outstanding artist. David was an avid duck hunter and fisherman, a true outdoorsman.

David is survived by his wife of 54 years Nancy G. Rhodes; his daughter, Sandra Rhodes; his step-sons and daughters-in-law, Scott Becker and his wife Victoria and Gilbert Becker and his wife Laura; his grandsons, Mark Becker, Cameron Becker and Trent Becker; and his great-grandson, Lane Becker.

A memorial service will be at 3:00PM on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the United Methodist Church at Absecon. Gathering time will be from 2:30PM to 3:00PM. Burial will be private. Parsels Funeral Home, Absecon, is handling arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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    Saturday April 20, 2019 | 3:00am
    Saturday April 20, 2019 3:00am
    The United Methodist Church at Absecon
    100 Pitney Road
    Absecon 08201


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Larry Barresi

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Nancy'
I worked with Dave at Wheaton Plastics in MaysLanding for many years. Dave was truly gifted and was our resident graphic artist. His airbrushed renderings of bottles for our customers helped us win many customers and was a essential part of our proposals. Dave was always a pleasure to work with and I can't recall a single bad moment in all the years that we worked together. Dan Posnak & Joe Shaw were among his closest Fred's at work and we shared many good laughs over the years. Dave will forever be fondly remembered. We are so sorry for your loss.
Larry Barresi

Judy Courter

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Nancy, many condolences. David was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed talking with him at events at the Noyes museum. I also appreciated his support of me and I enjoyed helping him with his book as well. He will be remembered always for his wonderful carvings and his gentle ways. We especially admired the various fish carvings that used to hang in the large windows at the Noyes MUSEUM. Love and prayers, Judy and Joe Courter

christine mccullough

Posted at 12:00am
Dear Nancy,
We will remember all the fun times and good memories from Iowa Ave and the Noyes Museum. We hope you are doing well. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tim Brennan and Christine McCullough

Dr. Bill Wixted

Posted at 12:00am
It was an honor and privilege to know and care for Dave. Condolences to you Nancy, I miss you and all deeply and am sorry to be unable to attend the memorial service. I hope you are doing well. All the best to Gil Becker and thank you again-you know what for.
Dr. Bill Wixted

Karen Cooper

Posted at 12:00am
I am so sorry for the loss of such a true Christian. David was the first person I met when I first started working at the Shores, and we became fast friends! I will dearly miss our conversations regarding nature, sports, Classic Atlantic City and art. My work will. It be the same, as I will always be looking for David to come to exercise class or to play volleyball or take a walk. My heart goes out to Nancy and all his treasured friends....

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