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Jacob Eaton Rhoades

Jacob Eaton Rhoades, age 21 of Emlenton, died unexpectedly at Allegheny General Hospital on Saturday afternoon, August 5, 2023.

Born September 28, 2001, in Brookville, he was the son of Jeffrey David Rhoades and Wendy Switzer and Ginger Lou Morgan Covert, and Mark Covert.

He was a graduate of A.C. Valley High School and the Clarion County Career Center.

Jacob was employed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 66, working locally for Palo Contracting, and owned and operated Rhoades Excavating.  He was currently in the apprenticeship program by the Operators Union and obtained a Class A CDL through Kip’s CDL Testing.

Jacob was known for his outstanding work ethic and was always willing to lend a hand.

He is a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and enjoyed hunting, archery hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, and working on his 2nd generation Dodge truck.

Jacob loved spending time with his family and friends and was especially devoted to his grandparents.

Survivors include his parents, Jeffrey Rhoades and Wendy Switzer of Emlenton and Ginger and Mark Covert of Butler; sister, Gina Marie Rhoades, at home; step-brother, Austin Switzer of Shippenville, and step-sister, Madelyn Switzer of Seneca.

Jacob is also survived by his paternal grandparents: David and Becky Rhoades of Emlenton and Deborah Myers of Elk City; maternal grandparents: Dennis and Lucinda “Cindy” Morgan of Mayport; step-grandparents, Jim and Joan Covert of Franklin, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; step-grandfather, Greg Myers, and step-uncle, Cody Myers.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2023, at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2023, in the Salem Lutheran Church, 2057 Route 208, Lamartine, with Reverend Doug Dyson, pastor of the church, officiating.

A graveside service will immediately follow in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery.

Services will be live-streamed starting at 11 a.m. Saturday on the Rupert Funeral Home Facebook page.

Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Jacob Eaton Rhoades to CORE, 204 Sigma Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 (online at or Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131 (online at

Online condolences may be sent to Jacob’s family at

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