William Wheeler

June 26, 1918 – May 11, 2007

William Erven Wheeler, 88, of Sweet Home died May 11, 2007.

He was born on June 26, 1918 in Leona, the son of James and Alice (Haight) Wheeler.

Mr. Wheeler lived all his life in Oregon. He was inducted into the United States Army June 9, 1941. He served in New Guinea, the Philippines and in the Army of Occupation in Japan. His discharge was on December 23, 1945 as an ASA T/SGT.

He came to Sweet Home and started Wheeler Machine Shop with his father in 1947. He married Pearl-Marie on August 31, 1955 in Sweet Home. He retired in 1980.

Mr. Wheeler enjoyed hunting and fishing on the coast, and RV’ing and travel. He also enjoyed working with iron, especially ornamental. The last few years he made windchimes, mostly to give away.

He was a charter member of the BPOE in 1972. He was Past Exalted Ruler 1975-76. He was a Past Member of the Masons and Eastern Star and a member of VFW Post 3437 and MOC 20.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl-Marie Wheeler; four daughters, Rose-Marie Allyn and husband Jim of Sweet Home, Hallie Jo Dimick of Mesa, Ariz., Nikki Richards and husband John of Mesa, Ariz., Kathleen Christensen and husband Dusty of Baker City; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

One brother, Hillery Wheeler, and one sister, Velma Wilkins, preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held May 15, 2007 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Interment and military honors were held at Gilliland Cemetery following services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Eye Clinic or to a charity of choice.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.