Howard F. Rhome, 84, of Canonsburg passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, July 18th, 2015.
He was born in Canonsburg on August 12, 1930 son of the late Laura and Melvin Rhome.
Prior to his retirement he was employed by McGraw Edison where he was promoted Foreman of the Copper Fab Department #09 in 1967. He also worked as a custodian at Canon-McMillan School District for 10 years and an assistant for Sollon Funeral Home for 25 years.
Howard served in the Army during the Korean War. He was an active member of the Canonsburg Volunteer Fire Department for 57 years, where he served as Vice President, Trustee, and was chairman of the Canonsburg Community Kennywood Day and chairman of the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Committee Member of The Diamond Centennial 175th Anniversary Celebration. Member of Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon., American Legion Post #253 where he was commander in 1957 and received the Fireman of the year 2003 award. He was also awarded The Paul Harris Fellow award by The Rotary Club for 57 years of active fire service, was a founding father of the George Miles Dunn Canonsburg Chapter of DeMolay, a member of the Chartiers Lodge #297 Masonic Lodge where he served as a Tyler of the lodge and many committees, Scottish Rite and Syria Shrine of Pittsburgh where he served as deputy and was recognized as an Ambassador, Caravan #2 of Washington Greene County where he was past president. He served as Democrat Committeeman in the 2ndWard of Canonsburg,
Howard sponsored several children for Shriners Hospital in which he was so proud to be able to help many children walk again. For over 57 years, he had a special gift for bringing joy to thousands of children on Christmas Eve and shared the holiday spirit with those in hospitals, nursing homes and many civic organizations.
On July 9th, 1955, he married Shirley Brown Rhome who survives. Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son David H. Rhome (Kimberly), a daughter, Darla J. Rhome and son Dale A. Rhome (Jody), grandchildren Amy Lynn Smith (Justin), Stacy Marie Rubis (Joseph) and Carly Elizabeth Rhome, and great grandchildren Austin David Smith, Brayden Michael Smith and Hunter Joseph Rubis, and several nieces and nephews.
Howard was the last of his immediate family. Deceased are his brothers, Thomas, Jack and James Rhome and his sisters Loretta Rhome, Molly McElhaney, Alice Portis, Gladys Schussler, Elizabeth Rhome and Margaret Layburn.
Friends will be received from 6 to 9 pm Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm Wednesday at the Sollon Funeral Home, Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, 724-746-1000. Masonic services 7:30 Tuesday and Canonsburg Fire Department service 7 pm Wednesday in funeral home. Military services 10:15 am Thursday in funeral home followed by funeral service at 11 am in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church with Reverend Steven Parkhill and Reverend Gary Gibson officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery with full military rites accorded by VFW Post 191 Honor Guard. The family suggests memorials in his name to Canonsburg Fire Department, 1 Greenside Avenue, Canonsburg, PA 15317. Please visit www.sollon.com to leave online condolences.