Father remembers ‘sweet, kind, caring’ daughter

Sarah Rhoads died after getting hit in the head by a propeller. (Photo/Start Skydiving
Sarah Rhoads died after getting hit in the head by a propeller. (Photo/Start Skydiving

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Larry Rhoads is taking it day by day. Only now, is he able to talk about his daughter, Sarah, who died Tuesday.

Sarah was working at Start Skydiving in Middletown when a freak accident took her life. She was hit in the head Sunday by a spinning plane propeller.

“Like they say in a blink of an eye they can be gone. Sometimes, you just don’t have any control over what happens,” said Larry Rhoads.

Larry Rhoads  remembers a loving daughter.  (WDTN Photo)
Larry Rhoads remembers a loving daughter. (WDTN Photo)

Rhoads wants everyone to remember Sarah for who she was, “sweet, kind, caring. Loved animals, loved Harry Potter, was a fashion queen.”

It appears the accident was just that. Owners of the skydiving company believe she was near the plane to take a food order from the pilot, as she often did, but it was a different type of plane than Sarah was used to. The propellers were on the wings, instead of on the nose.

Rhoads said Sarah was an organ donor, which fit her personality.

“There’s a lot of things I’ll remember forever about her. You know, you never forget your children. They are so precious.”

A gathering of family and friends will be held Friday 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. A funeral service will follow at Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar & Fraley Funeral Home and Bellbrook Cemetery.

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