Gerald Duane Wheeler
April 27, 1932 ~ April 19, 2014
Gerald Duane Wheeler, 81, a lifelong Wenatchee, WA resident, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Western Saddlerock Assisted Living facility in Wenatchee, following an extended illness. He was born on April 27, 1932, in Wenatchee to the late Clyde and Marguarite (Jones) Wheeler. He was raised in Wenatchee, attending Lincoln Elementary, HB Ellison Junior High and Wenatchee High School. He entered the U.S. Army following high school and served in Korea, on the front lines. He returned to Wenatchee after his honorable discharge. He met Joyce A. Henning and, following a three year courtship, they were married on August 30, 1957, in Wenatchee. They made their home in Wenatchee and raised their three sons. In November of 1957, he became a sub for the U.S. Postal Service and later became a full time postal carrier. After 30 years of service, he retired in 1987. For a short time, he would work seasonally for the Chelan County PUD as a fish and wildlife helper, where he would assist in planting trees and help with the fish runs. Gerald enjoyed woodworking and constructed many china cabinets for family members and even did complete kitchens for a few. First and foremost, Gerald loved his family, and enjoyed the get-togethers, camping and fishing trips, which were even better when shared with them. Gerald was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Wenatchee and, in later years, after assisting in the construction of the church in Cashmere, he became a member of the Cashmere Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jerry Wheeler, in May 2010; sister, Beverly “Bev” Morden; and brother, Clyde Wheeler. Gerald leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Joyce Wheeler of Wenatchee; sons, Donald (Dianna) Wheeler of East Wenatchee, and Dennis (DeCheryl) Wheeler of Wenatchee; daughter-in-law, Gail Wheeler of Wenatchee; sister-in-law, Helen Wheeler of Louisville, KS; eight grandchildren, Sylvia Woods of Wenatchee, Casey Wheeler of Peshastin, Wesley Stewart of Bozeman, MT, Lyndsey Theobald of Woodbridge, VA, Melissa Wheeler of Bothel, Viktoria “Tori” Wheeler of East Wenatchee, Dakota Wheeler of Wenatchee, and Dylan Wheeler of Wenatchee; and six great-grandchildren, Beryl Melcher, Jade Dodson, Jewell Dodson, and Stormie Woods, all of Wenatchee, Lily Wheeler of Peshastin and Anberlynn Theobald of Woodbridge, VA.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kings Orchard Church of Christ, with Burial to follow at the Evergreen Memorial Park, East Wenatchee. You are invited to view his online guestbook at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.