Sergeant 1st Class Trenton L. Rhea, 33, of Kansas City, died May 15 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was a member of the 603rd Military Police Company in Belton and deployed under Operation Enduring Freedom.
Rhea was an Army Reserve Military Policeman who deployed three times overseas to United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served stateside at Fort Riley, Kan.
In Afghanistan, his mission was to train the Afghan police force, which he considered very important as it benefited the Afghan people.
He has been awarded several military honors including the Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service medal, Army Commendation medal and Army Achievement medal.
Rhea’s civilian employment was with the Human Terrain System at Fort Leavenworth.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Platte City, Kan. His wife, Leah Reid Rhea, formerly of Sweet Springs, stated her husband was a devoted man whose desire was to raise a strong Christian family. She also said he had a wonderful sense of humor and was “the nicest guy you would ever meet.” His hobbies were spending time with his family and studying history.
He is also survived by his daughters, Autumn, Joanna and Abigail Rhea; his father and stepmother, Marshall and Julie Rhea; his mother, Rebecca Breeden Rhea; twin brother, Travis Rhea; a sister, Samantha Repshire; a stepbrother, Jody Kruse; a stepsister, Jade Kruse; a grandmother, Eileen Rhea; a grandfather, Kenny Breeden; and his in-laws, Harlan and Lynn Reid.
Arrangements are pending at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.