The Rhoades Insurance Agency in Van Wert began when Paul W. (Dusty) Rhoades left the army after serving in World War II. Dusty began as an understudy of Martin Feigert in the Feigert Insurance Agency shortly after returning from the European Theatre. In 1955, Dusty purchased the Feigert Agency and started the original Rhoades Insurance Agency. After his death in January of 1974, the Rhoades Agency ceased to exist as it was sold to the HBW Insurance Agency.
In 1983, after working as a computer applications instructor with Conrail, Jim Rhoades, Dusty’s son, started what would eventually become a significant independent insurance agency in Van Wert. Early on, there was only one company. Today, the agency boasts a total of eight companies of which to choose auto, home, business, farm, and life insurance. Service, knowledge, and integrity set the Rhoades Insurance Agency apart from the rest.
Being able to tailor coverage through various companies and utilizing the independent agency system to its fullest extent make the Rhoades Agency a great place to shop for all of your insurance needs. Not being employed by any one company makes it easier to serve the customer and not the company. The agency is located at the corner of Main (Lincoln Highway) and Washington (U.S. 127) Streets in the heart of downtown Van Wert. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays with the office observing a noon closure on Wednesdays. Evening appointments can be scheduled by calling the office.