William John Rhoda Jr. was born on January 26, 1969 in Rochester, New York to William John Rhoda Sr. and Nancy Louise Bates Rhoda. He was the first of four children that also included David, Michelle, and Chris. His father’s second marriage produced another brother, Blake Rhoda.
Billy was known in his group of friends and acquaintances as a protector and defender of those he cared about. He was a teddy bear disguised as a locomotive. One of Billy’s favorite things to do was play disc golf. He played annually in a breast cancer charity disc golf tournament called “Birdies for Boobies.” He dressed the part, wearing his pink shirt and donning a pink tutu to round out the perfect outfit. He always said his two favorite things in this world were dogs and kids. Billy was not a father himself, but the uncle role fit him perfectly. He called all of his nieces and nephews “my girls” or “my boys.” They were important to him. He loved scary movies. He was an OU fan and loved the Grateful Dead. He loved his friends and family. This was really where he shined. Every person who knew Billy, whether it was socially or more closely as a family member or life-long friend, knew they could count on Billy Rhoda. But he wasn’t always a tough guy. David came along when Billy was 17 months old. All he heard then was, “Be careful with the baby”, or “Be gentle and don’t hurt the baby.” David was followed up by two more siblings, so Billy was conditioned early on to keep cool and not hurt his siblings. Well that all changed one day at Western Oaks Middle School. A kid kept messing with him and finally he’d had enough and let him have it. That was the beginning of the Billy Rhoda that we all know and love, the guy who stood up for himself and all that he loved because he couldn’t stand bullies. One longtime friend said, “He would run through a brick wall for you and then help you rebuild it if you wanted.”
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, in 2015 and 2006 respectively. He is survived by his brother David Rhoda and his wife April, and nieces Madelyn and Meredith, Michelle Davis and her husband Antony and his nephews Jonathan, David, William, and Jeffrey Christian, Chris Rhoda and his wife Kristi, and Blake Rhoda and his wife Taylor, and Brittanie Anderson and her son, Grizzlie. He is also survived by his cousin and roommate Andy Missel, along with two other cousins, Stephanie Boan and her husband David, and Tim Missel.
There will be a memorial service for Billy at Town and Country Christian Church at 2200 Cornwell Dr. in Yukon, OK 73099 on Saturday, August 6th from 2-4 pm. It will just be a come and go to pay your respects to Billy.