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Joel Lee Rhash

July 14, 1935 ~ May 7, 2019 (age 83)


Joel Lee Rhash, the second son of Arthur and Ruby Rhash born in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1935 passed away after battling a long illness. He moved to Marathon in 1953 and from there began a long career in marine and civil contracting playing a crucial role in the development of Key Colony Beach in the late 1950s and the rest of the middle Keys until his retirement in 2000. He served our nation in Korea and was a proud veteran with a foundation of patriotism that remained throughout his lifetime. He was passionate about the Keys subtropical environment and enjoyed the diverse nature offered by the native hammocks. He also cherished the people of the Keys, especially his neighbors, greeting friends every morning as they walked along Gulfstream Boulevard enjoying the beauty of a Florida Keys morning. He was a role model to many and missed by more. Joel’s surviving family is his loving wife Sheryl Rhash of 62 years, his son Ray Rhash, and his grandson Joel Rhash II. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three brothers and their spouses Dewane and Edith Rhash, Van Rhash and Mary Lois Rhash, and Calvin Rhash. Please join us to celebrate Joel’s life at the pavilion on Sombrero Beach in Marathon on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 1:00 pm.

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