John Andrew Rhoden was born on Aug. 10, 1988 in Norwood, Massachusetts. He traveled through Kansas, Georgia and Alabama before settling in Lampasas, Texas in 1994.

John completed first through 12th grades with the Lampasas Independent School District. He graduated in 2006 as a proud member of the Lampasas Badger Band.

John also rose through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America program, starting as a Tiger Cub in 1994 and achieving the highest honor of Eagle Scout in 2004.

As an amateur radio enthusiast, John earned his Technician Class license and operated as KD5KWI.

John continued his formal education, receiving a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, with honors, from the University of North Texas in 2010.

He joined the Bell County Sheriff’s Department in June 2010 as a corrections officer. In August 2014, after completing the Basic Peace Officer Academy as an honor graduate, John was promoted to field deputy officer.

John loved many things including family, friends, fishing, art, music and baseball, but most of all he loved helping others. He lived the motto “To Protect and Serve.”

He is survived by his parents Michael and Erin Rhoden of Lampasas, and brothers Allen Hamilton of Seattle, Washington, and Michael L. Rhoden and Marcus D. Rhoden of Sebring, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Fallen Heroes foundation (https://www. fallenheroesproject.org/).

John died on April 26, 2020 while serving his community and performing a job he loved. A public visitation was held April 30 at the Dossman Funeral Home chapel in Belton.

The funeral service will be private but can be viewed live beginning at 2 p.m. May 1 at facebook.com/ ushonorflag.

John will be buried with full police honors May 1 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.