Gerald J. Wheeler, Sr., 88, of Springfield, died at 4:25 pm, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. He was born April 17, 1924 in Springfield to Gerald and Marie Fisherkeller Wheeler. He married Irene Mitch on October 28, 1944 in Springfield and she preceded him in death on January 27, 1997. He later married Albena “Bea” Wythe and she survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Linda (Jim) Maupin of Lawrenceburg, IN, Carol (Paul) Berens of Cape Girardeau, MO and Mary Lynn (Mark) Harvey of Springfield, two sons, Jerry (Pam) Wheeler of Lawrenceville, GA and Paul (Kathy) Wheeler of Springfield; two step-daughters, Cindy (Sam) Panayotovich of Palos Park, IL and Yvonne (Bob) Beverage of
San Jose, CA; eleven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents and one sister, Alice Sullivan also preceded him in death.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during WWII as an Officer on the USS Enoree and was active in the planning of their reunions. He was a member of Church of the Little Flower where he was a lector, a member of the Men’s Club and was very active in all aspects of the church. He was a volunteer with Abraham Lincoln Museum and was an avid golfer.
Gerald was a resident of Springfield most of his life and worked as a Project Engineer for Pillsbury Mills, retiring in 1988 after 30 years of service.
Visitation: 9-10 am, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Church of the Little Flower.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Friday, December 7, 2012 at Church of the Little Flower with Monsignor John Ossola officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorial contributions may be made to Little Flower Capital Campaign.