Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 6, 2014
Richard Wheeler Sr.

Obit Richard Wheeler Sr.Richard Wheeler Sr., loving father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2014, in Tooele, Utah, after a long battle with deteriorating health.  Richard was born July 3, 1936, in St. Johnsville, N.Y., to Floyd D. Wheeler and Mable Muhlebeck Wheeler, both of New York.  He was a Korean Veteran, and while stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds, met the love of his life, Nellie Mae Eyre of Stockton, Utah. They made their home of 58 years in Stockton, Utah.  Richard was never afraid of hard work, entering the workforce at the age of 12.  He worked in many places in his life and became a Jack-of-all-Trades.  He and his family built their own home, teaching his children to embrace hard work and take pride in their work.  Restoring vintage vehicles was his passion.  He couldn’t stand to see a vintage vehicle setting in a yard or field with no one caring for it.  He would retrieve it, restore it, then pass it on to someone who would cherish it. He retired from the Tooele Army Depot after 35 years of service.  During that time he made many friends who respected and loved him.  Richard is survived by his loving wife, Nellie Mae Eyre Wheeler, of Stockton, sons Richard Wheeler Jr. (Ronda), Rodney P. Wheeler (Lisa Johnson), daughters Patricia Ann Wheeler, Bonnie Jean Perkins (John), Veronica Lee Harding (Earl), 18 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, brothers Charles, Robert (Doris), and Roger, and sister Edna Murphy.  Richard is preceded in death by 2 sons, Larry and Floyd Dee, grandson Michael Larry, his parents, and youngest brother, Walter and a sister Elizabeth. A viewing will be held at Tate Mortuary Friday, March 7, 6-8 p.m.  Funeral services will be at the Stockton Ward on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior.  Interment will be at the Tooele Cemetery following the services.  Friends and family are invited to return to the Stockton Church where a lunch will be provided by the Stockton First Ward Relief Society.

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