• 75 years old
  • Born on December 20, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Passed away on May 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our dear friend, Mercer ("Dusty") Given Rhodes, Jr., who was born on December 20, 1935 and passed away on May 2, 2011. We will miss him dearly and are grateful for the wonderful presence he had in all of our lives.  Please feel free to post any pictures you may have, write tributes, and share any stories (see instructions below).  If you experience any difficulty or require assistance, feel free to contact Kelly at kellytipton@hotmail.com.  The site will be in effect for eternity, so please come back and visit from time to time, and continue to share.

Dusty's memorial will be held at the Seattle Tennis Club on Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dusty's obituary will be posted in the Seattle Times on Sunday, May 15, and will be accessible on line, as well.  I have posted a copy of the obituary on this website, under the "His Life" tab above.

Donations:  Should you desire to make a donation in Dusty's honor, the following organizations were very dear to him:

Seattle Fire Department’s Medic I (make checks out to "Medic I" and send to:  301 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104);

Swedish Hospital, First Hill Campus, Seattle, CA;

Democratic Party (hahaha... just kidding);

In the alternative, you can just buy a BMW with your money and Dusty's pride will brighten the heavens, even more than he already has.

Instructions for posting:

To post a picture, simply click "Add a Photo" on the right side of the home page (the tab on the bottom where the slideshow is), click the "Add a Photo" tab at the top of the page which opens, click the "Choose File" tab and select the picture(s) you wish to share, and then click the "Start Upload" tab.

To share a story, simply click the "Stories" tab on the upper part of the home page and you can name your story and start typing.  Simply click "Save" when you are finished.

To leave a tribute, simply scroll down this home page and click the "Leave a Tribute" tab and leave your tribute.  Simply click "Save" when you are finished.

Should you have any questions or problems, feel free to contact Kelly at kellytipton@hotmail.com



Posted by Judith Rasmussen Adam on December 20, 2016
In honor of Mercer G. Rhodes, Jr. on his birth date -- for his friends:
Sparkles of joy...a sense of wonder...may the season's magic have a
beauty all its own to cherish and remember. For the New Year -- Peace.
Christmas 2016                Judith Rasmussen Adam
Posted by David Yarington on March 29, 2012
I knew Dusty for two years at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA from 1951 to 52. He was a good friend who I lost track of until now- 2012. I did try to contact him one time in Seattle--but no response.
Posted by David Yarington on March 29, 2012
I knew Dusty in 1951-52--A good friend at The Hill School.
Posted by Gene Cox on June 3, 2011
My Friend Dusty
 Remember the day he brought home a new puter and tried to show me how to use it ,think he gave me 10 min. and then he said we better go to Daniels and have a little happy hour instead.
Posted by Renate Kruse on June 3, 2011
As I think of Dusty, a lot lately, I think of sky and water and the smell and sound of Diesel. I think of the music of Kitaro on Hushwing; Bobby McFarrin on Windorra; that Italian guy on Regardless. All along, there is the smell of barbecue, meticu
Posted by Tom Forbes on May 21, 2011
What a great guy. I stopped by to see Dusty at Swedish on 5/1/11 and he was looking forward to be discharged the following day. 
I have many pleasant memories of having an occasional dinner with him on the Regardless.
Posted by Kim Nance on May 16, 2011
How, we are so sad about the loss of our friend, Dusty. We met Dusty on B dock at Elliott Bay Marina. Our boats were just 2 slips apart. We had many laughs and great meals with Dusty, what a jewel he was.
Kim & Mark Nance
Posted by Ken Farquhar on May 16, 2011
I was sadened to hear Dusty had passed. He was a very good friend and fellow IBMer back in the 60's. We also had a couple boat trips together as well. I lost track of Dusty after he left IBM but will always remember his strong leadership.
Posted by Kelly Tipton on May 12, 2011
Mercer G... I have admired, challenged, respected and loved you for longer than I've known most people in my life. I am so blessed to have had you in every stage of my life. May you rest peacefully and know only love. Love, Kelly

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