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Edward ‘Eddie’ Ray Wheeler

1951-2020

Major Sargent Edward “Eddie” Ray Wheeler, 68, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, in his new home in Monticello of natural causes.

Ed was born Oct. 23, 1951, in Richwood (Mount Nebo), W.Va., to parents Jack and Hilda Wheeler. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1970. His 20-year Air Force career took him many places, including a stationing in Thailand. He was known to his fellow airmen as “Jack.” He married his wife, Glenda, in 1981. The Wheelers lived in South Carolina for a time, before moving to Tampa, Fla., and having their children: Heidi and Patrick. In Tampa, Ed worked as a technician on packaging equipment. He later moved his family to Iowa to take on a career as a pharmaceutical equipment technician, before retiring and working part-time in-home care.

Ed had a passion for travel, aviation, foreign cuisine, coin collecting, storytelling and music. He passed his love of music to both his children. He was also an extensive scale model collector and had a story or joke for every occasion. His stories will be greatly missed. Ed was always willing to lend a hand to someone in need and was an advocate for veterans’ rights and programs.

Ed is survived by his wife, Glenda Wheeler of Monticello; his daughter, Heidi (Troy) Hess of Cedar Rapids; his son, Patrick Wheeler of Monticello; his sister, Sherlyn Dunn of Grove City, Ohio; his sister, Karen (Shane) Circle of Racine, Ohio; and his stepmother, Reta Wheeler of Point Pleasant, W.Va. Ed was preceded in death by his mother, Hilda Wheeler (McClung) of Mount Nebo, W.Va.; and his father, Jack Wheeler of Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Ed requested to be cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In Ed’s memory, please support a local veteran’s group or program of your choice.

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