On the evening of April 7, 2019 Tracy passed away at home in Miles City, MT with his family by his side. Tracy was 62 years old.
Tracy Lee Rhoads was born June 9, 1956 in Miles City, MT to Frank “Dusty” and Mary Rhoads. He had 4 brothers and 4 sisters. He grew up and finished school in Miles City. He later took a nice paying job with the railroad that would help fund his way to college in Bozeman, MT. After college he started with a trucking company that he liked very much, but due to lack of hours and miles he was unable to continue. He moved to a job at the Miles City Green House where he worked for awhile. In this same time he would meet and marry his wife Michelle Rhoads on Sept. 9, 1985. Tracy and Michelle had a son, Dusty Lee Rhoads, two years later. He also raised his two step daughters Rachel Collins and JoAnna Palmer, like they were his own as well. Tracy would later move on from the Green House job to a seasonal job at the Highway Department. After this job he worked with Eastern Montana Industries for about 9 years. He enjoyed working with the handicap and special needs. After his years there Tracy took a job at K-Mart, until he finally got a chance to go trucking again. In 1999 Jerke Livestock hired Tracy and sent him out on the road where he spent the next 20 years, delivering stuff all across the country. He was loyal and dedicated to his job all the way till his final days. He was proud to be a trucker.
Tracy loved his kids and his grandkids unconditionally. He was always happy to take them to Spotted Eagle, the dump, or simply do homework with them, and was always trying to explain pi. He tried to spend as much time as he could with them.
Tracy loved his brothers and sisters. He was excited to talk cars and engines with his brothers and heck his sisters too, if they would listen. Frankly, he loved to talk about anything to do with cars just to about anyone. He was a very smart man and was always quick to answer all the Jeopardy questions (mostly) getting them right.
Tracy is survived by his wife Michelle Rhoads of Miles City, Son; Dusty Rhoads (Margaret Roig) of Miles City, Daughters; Rachel Collins and JoAnna (John) Palmer of Miles City, and all his grandchildren; Colton Crow, Shiloh Raymond, Braedyn Palmer, Ashton Crow, Adyson Crow, Terren Rhoads, Khloe Palmer, Jaycee Palmer and Amera Rhoads, Brothers; Richard (Sharyn) Thomas of Billings, MT and Kelly Rhoads of Miles City, MT, Sisters; Taylor Sidell Trowbridge of Billings, MT, Mary Welch of Puyallup, WA, Dawn Rhoads of Miles City, MT and Melody Cooper of Miles City, MT, numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank “Dusty” and Mary Rhoads, Brothers; Glenn and Robin Rhoads.
Tracy was a loving husband, good brother, a great dad, excellent grandpa, and a wonderful friend. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting wwww.stevensonandsons.com.