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Karel Rhoads

February 12, 1962 - July 06, 2012


6-8:00 P.M. Friday, July 13, 2012 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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Memorial Service: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at First Assembly of God, Huron, South Dakota.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Karel Rhoads

February 12, 1962 - July 06, 2012


Karel Dean Rhoads passed away unexpectedly in his home on July 6, 2012, in West Fargo, ND.

Karel was born in Mitchell, SD, on February 12, 1962, and was adopted three days later by Vincent and Verda Rhoads. He grew up in Huron, SD, and graduated from James Valley Christian School in 1980. Karel went on to attend Brown College Radio Broadcasting Institute in Minneapolis, MN – graduating in 1990. He married Kari Marx on June 15, 1991, and they welcomed a son, Tyler James Vincent into their family. They made their home in Fargo, ND. Although the marriage ended, Karel continued to reside in West Fargo to remain close to his son.

Karel worked various jobs while living in Fargo – most recently as a Call Center Representative at Multiband. It was not a surprise to find Karel working part-time at events at the Fargo Dome or fair grounds in Huron or Fargo, as he had a love for social events and entertainment.

Karel was an active participant and spectator in all of Tyler’s sporting events – and was Tyler’s biggest fan in hockey. He continued to attend games that Tyler coached as an adult, and also attended Tyler’s half-brothers’ extracurricular activities.  Karel was drawn to and loved entertaining children.  He was always joking and looking for ways to make people laugh and feel good. Karel had a quick laugh and loved to spend time with family and friends – often making the trip from Fargo to Huron to visit. He maintained a close relationship with several of his cousins and friends from his father’s army group. He was a man with a big heart, a quick wit, and was always willing to pitch in and help anyone who needed a hand.

A loving father and devoted son, Karel is survived by his son, Tyler, Fargo, ND; parents Vincent and Verda Rhoads, Huron; sister Verletta Rae Rhoads, Schaumburg, IL; his uncles and aunts – Vernon and Rhoda Rhoads, Olathe, KS; Violet Rhoads, Mitchell, SD; Ozro Traub, Didsbury, Alberta, Canada; Kathy Dubro, Freemont, CA; and many beloved cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents, Ralph M. and Pearl Rhoads: August and Nettie Dubro, two infant brothers and two sisters, and five uncles – Ralph Arthur and Francis Rhoads; Calvin Dubro; Glen Crandall; Albert Anderson, and four aunts – LouNelle Rhoads; Viola Traub; Nina Crandall, and Myrtle Anderson.


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  1. Russell Eberle says:

    minneapolis minnesotaI had the pleasure of meeting Karel on a few of my visits to the Fargo Multiband office. Karel sat through my sales training and didnt fall asleep once, and for that the man is my hero because i have been know to be a bore!. Karel’s smile and sense of humor was one to never be forgotten. to the friends and family i offer my sincerest condolences, karel was a bright star and his light went out too soon, but he is with us always, in our hearts where that smile cannot fade and never faulters. Travel well my friend…

  2. Doris Crocker says:

    Moorhead MN
    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Karels passing. Hockey parents are a different breed and once that connection is made, its there forever. I had the pleasure of sharing my son’s hockey experience with Karel and Tyler when our sons played on the same team. He always made it enjoyable with his quick wit and sense of humor. He always had a warm smile on his face on those cold days. I am so sorry for your loss Tyler. May you find comfort in knowing that he will always be with you in your heart and treasure the memories. He was one of the good ones and will be missed.

  3. Randy Kragness says:


  4. Rocky Bertsch says:

    Fargo ND
    Will miss you at Okelly’s

  5. MJ says:

    Fargo I worked at many events with Karel. Always a kind, honest, hard working guy. He was a good man, who was always ready to lend a hand. R.I.P.

  6. Rhonda Golden says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    I am so sorry for your loss. Karel was a joy to be around and he always made me laugh. Very happy that we got to hang out recently with friends.

  7. Roni McLeod says:

    Fargo ND
    I am truly sorry for your loss, Tyler. I can only hope you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that he loved you so much and will always be with you in spirit. Hold on to your memories and always find him in your heart.

    Roni McLeod


    Gillette WYKarel was my buddy when I lived in Huron.. my grandparents (Kingsly’s) always bought milk from his family. I have never forgotten him I looked for him on facebook not to long ago.. This saddens me I never got to tell him Hey buddy I was thinking of you.. I am now and I pray for his family and son. He was a great guy and I’m sure he never changed. I will see him again with Jesus..R.I.P Karel.. you will be missed.

  9. Cheryl Eichler says:

    Emporia KSYou are all in our prayers!! I always enjoyed talking with Karel every reunion. He was always so up upbeat and positive and humorous!! We will all miss him.
    Looking forward to spending time together again some day with our Heavenly Father.

  10. Darrell and Rhonda Coggins says:

    We love you and grieve with you. May you feel God’s arms around you and rest in His strength.

  11. Lori says:

    Fargo ND
    Just thinking of you! Your time here was all too short. Will always remember the happy times. Miss you. Love you. Lori

  12. Aaron Smith says:

    Moorhead MN
    Always quick with a question and, more often than not, a joke or story. We’d always have a laugh! You were great to work with and to be around, Karel. My heart goes out to your families (both your home family and the Multiband family) in thier/our time of grief.

  13. Angela Andersen says:

    Moorhead MN
    Some of the best times of the last 10 years have been when Karel has been around. I’m sure that God is welcoming him with open arms and a big smile! By now Karel probably has the angels in laughing on the floor. He will most definitely be missed, and may God comfort his family during this shockingly sad time.

  14. Rod and Barb Erks says:

    Utica NEWe will miss you, Karel!
    Blessings of peace be to all your family!
    Love Rod, Barb and family

  15. Saude says:

    Karel was a great person and always willing to help when needed.. His smile will be missed

    Love, Saude

  16. Sandie Lohse says:

    Tyler, our deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  17. Mikaela Stevenson says:

    Co-Worker at multiband.
    Karol greeted everyone with a smile and was very kind.

  18. Jeannette Smith says:

    Moorhead MN
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. You are a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace and we will see you again someday. Thoughts and prayers to the Rhoads family.

    Jeannette and your Multiband family

  19. O2 says:

    USALife is short, with moments so small
    But some stay with us
    With memories flowing like a waterfall
    Times like this we should reflect on this
    How many people he touched so effortless
    We will miss you for now and cherish
    Your Life
    But only for a short time
    Until the next time we see your light

  20. Michelle Tweten says:

    My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. I was very shocked to hear the sad news. In the year of knowing Karol I learned what a sweet guy he was. Karol was a kind, caring, soul that was eager to lend you a hand and make you laugh and smile. You will be missed by many. I will remember the jokes and laughter you gave. RIP Karol.

  21. Christie Fletcher says:

    My deepest sympathies to Tyler and all of Karel’s family. He will be truly missed here at Multiband.

  22. Samantha Dissette says:

    Wyndmere ND
    Karel, you will be missed. In all my days of working with you it seemed you never ran out of jokes or witty comments. You will truly be missed and look after all of us. 🙂

  23. Richelle Ulmer says:

    Fargo ND
    You will be greatly missed Karel! The days just aren’t the same without you!!! We all def miss you!!!!

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family!

  24. Sheri Batesole says:

    Fargo ND
    Deepest Sympathy to Karel’s Family and Friends. Karel will be missed.

  25. Shaun Fort says:

    Remembering Karel, always with a smile and a good story to tell, he will be missed.
    My sincerest sympathy to his family and to all who knew and will miss him.

  26. katie stende foster says:

    I was truely shocked to hear of this news…im so soory to hear this…Karels family is in my prayers….again im so sorry…

  27. Jen Nelson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Losing a parent, son, brother, friend is so very hard. May God give you all peace and the strength to get through this difficult time. Remember that positive memories can last forever. Blessings to you all!

  28. Jo Lene Kjonaas says:

    Argusville ND
    I will miss Karel’s smile, funny jokes, and laughter. He was always a bright light to my morning, always there if I ever needed a helping hand at work or outside of work. Friends like him are rare and are a treasure. May the Angels Bless you in Heaven Karel, You are truely missed.

  29. Addy Lee says:

    Karel was a great guy and will be very missed!

  30. Brian Doucette says:

    Moorhead MN
    I was beyond shocked to hear this news. Karel has been a good friend for almost 15 years and I will truly miss him.

  31. Karen Bodway and Grant says:

    Fargo ND
    So sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you, Tyler, and the rest of Karel’s family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Take care,

    Karen and Grant Bodway

  32. Stephanie Meyer-York says:

    Karel will missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

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