Steven Joseph Rhodehouse went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, after a brief illness (colon cancer).
After graduating Humboldt State University, majoring in Forestry, he worked in Alaska at Alaska Lumber and Pulp before returning to Northern California. He worked many years with the Hoopa Tribe as a forest resource manager. His love of forestry and family led him to his mountaintop property, where he found his passion for cutting logs and using them to build beautiful homes. With the help of his brother Mark, and many mentors, they built his family home that overlooks the Alps. He then went on to build and repair many beautiful homes in Trinity County.
He joined several organizations where he could help people with his talents and his passion for life. He was a man that truly believed in people. He was a member of the Clampers, he was a Boy Scout leader, and a substitute teacher for many years, and was always ready to lend a hand.
His talents didn’t end with construction, faith, family and selflessness. He also had a genuine love of music. He played drums through the decades, with many different bands with many different genres. The most recent band “For On The Floor” (Rick, Charlie, Dale and Jerry), have played together for many years, and performed many times at the Moose, Cedar Stock and at private parties. Steve always had a smile when he had his drumsticks in his hands.
In 1999, he met the love of his life, wife Carolyn Fencil. They shared a life of devoutly loving each other, studying God’s Word with Shepherds Chapel and sharing with friends. They worked side by side building a life together that was thoroughly enjoyed and shared.
God, family, community, music and nature were the foundation of his happiness. Summarizing Steve into a few paragraphs doesn’t do justice to the life he lived and the friends he touched. He is described as the “Best Big Brother,” and “Best Husband,” and “Best Friend.” His quiet but strong demeanor and humble nature was a blessing to all that knew him.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Doris Rhodehouse; and his son, Derek Rhodehouse.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Fencil; son Jason Rhodehouse; brother Mark Rhodehouse, sister Laura Dick (Ron); uncle Dr. Robert Reginato (Diana). He helped raise and guide Carolyn’s children, Erica Radman (Graham) and Brian Fencil. His grandchildren include Kylie and Travis, lzaic and Noah. His niece Kaylee, grandniece Lea, and nephew Luke Rhodehouse.
To honor Steve’s life, his family and friends will continue to walk with the Lord, keep an open heart, keep music in their lives, share his stories, honor family, honor community, and thank God for the privilege of knowing this amazing man, and try to pass on his spirit.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please get a colonoscopy.