Joe R. Wheeler, 55, of Brazil died Monday, March 7, 2005, at 9:02 p.m. in Union Hospital in Terre Haute, after battling an extended illness. He was born September 12, 1949 to Joe and Mary Snyder Wheeler and on June 1, 1968 he married Marilyn Hamilton Wheeler. He attended Brazil High School and then attended IVY Tech State College and received a degree in heating and refrigeration. He was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was employed by Twiggs Inc. in Brazil, Allisons in Indianapolis and JI Case in Terre Haute, and finally the Plainfield Correctional Facility retiring in 2003. His involvements include the Knightsville Masonic Lodge #409, Scottish Rite of Terre Haute, Terre Haute, Shrine, Knightsville Order of Eastern Star #238, Lost Creek Conservation Club, Cloverdale Conservation Club, a founding member of the Brazil Winged Modelers, a lifetime member of Brazil VFW #1127 and National Rifle Association Member. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting and flying remote control airplanes.
Survivors include his wife, four children, Shelly, Jordan, Hillary and Brianna, all of Brazil; two brothers, Terry and his wife Vickie Wheeler of Brazil, and Chris Wheeler of Brazil; two aunts, Helen Wheasler of Brazil and Rebecca and husband Paul York of Brazil; one uncle, Raymond Snyder of Brazil; a sister-in-law, Kathryn McKenzie of Staunton, a large extended family and he was a foster parent to many.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 10, 2005 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave., Brazil with Masonic Services at 7 p.m. At his request cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 103 E. Jackson St., Brazil, Ind. 47834.