Bill will always be "Bo Wee Wo" to me. That's what I called out to him, probably at about the age of 2, standing at our screen door as he walked by our house in Corvallis to go home for lunch. Bill was a great guy and remembering him always brings a smile to my face.
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
My dad was the best! He was so loving and had a wonderful sense of humor! He would make puns about everything, which kept us laughing (and sometimes groaning). He was a very hard worker but left time for the family to go on MANY camping/fishing trips, hikes and skiing trips (both water and snow). My dad also taught me the importance of asking forgiveness by being an example first! We always felt loved and taken care of. His love for dogs was a big thing we had in common. He also taught me to fish, which I still love to do! I have only great memories of my dad and I miss him terribly! Even in his Alzheimer state, he would laugh out loud when he saw me, even when he wasn't able to speak! I cherished each precious moment with him and was glad to have that much time with him. I'm so thankful he's with Jesus now, with a new mind and new body, and that I'll see him again someday! Love you, Dad!
My father was such a great man and he will be greatly missed. He loved to joke and pun with me and I enjoyed it too. If Dad was asked to do something you knew he would always give 110%. That included being involved with the Gideon's in his later years. He had a strong faith in his Savior and expressed that in his life. My head tells me that he is now whole and with Jesus but my heart still aches. I love you Dad.
Bill Wheeler is one of my favorite people. He was sharp as a whip,kind and always respectful to me. We had many good times, especially steelead fishing and sometimes funny times grading papers. He was a good model of how to live life and I will miss him.
Bill welcomed me to the Wheeler family in 1976. His humor was something I'd never been around before. He had a way of making you comfortable by just being himself. I loved how he could laugh and pun with anyone. His laughter while we watched movies together, made everyone laugh more and more because he was enjoying laughing so much. He enjoyed gardening and trying to outfox the deer from getting his crops.
Bill enjoyed his grandchildren as they came along.
It was wonderful watching the change in him in his later years as he embraced his faith in Jesus Christ. He had a stability and and gentleness that made him a new man. Bill and Ev were loving, kind and considerate to our family. We treasure the memories we've had with them. Ev, Terry, Margo, Cindy and Rich you are in our prayers.
One of my favorite memories of Grandpa is every Christmas when he read the prophecy of Jesus' birth from the book of Isaiah. It was such a special time with all of us gathered around listening to him read. Grandpa also had a very unique bond with my oldest son, Jude. I don't know exactly why, but he had a special affinity for Jude and loved to sit with him. Jude made him smile. My younger son was named after Grandpa, taking the last four letters of William, to make Liam. Grandpa came to the hospital when Liam was born, four years ago, and we took a picture of him with his namesake. My grandpa will be missed, but I am thankful for such sweet memories to ease our parting, and for the legacy of faith that Grandpa gave to each one of us.
Grandpa was one of the most kind, compassionate and deep people I ever knew. As his grandson I always loved spending time with him, but never realized how special my relationship was until I grew up and saw that it was unique. Grandpa (and Grandma) were always so supportive and loving. One of my favorite memories is when they came to Orlando to visit me. I was so encouraged and enjoyed going to the kennedy space center with them. Grandpa's wit, crossword puzzles, puns and just the way that he smiled abd winked were so distinct and great to be around. I always liked the way he smelled like his aftershave. I will never forget that...like so many other things about him.
I will miss you Grandpa. Thank you for giving me so many great memories. The legacy of what you have left to me and the rest of the family is something that has unfolded throughout the years to be more and more amazing to me. Thanks and love you.
Bill was a close friend, mentor, and colleague in the College of Forestry, OSU. He became Head Advisor for the School when all of the staff paid close attention to the progress of each student. Bill's reputation as a kind and fair administrator gave the school the envied reputation of a close and caring family of future leaders in Forestry. My most endearing memory was when Bill and I took our young sons fishing at Diamond Lake. We have missed seeing Bill and Evelyn in recent years at our old timer faculty dinner as health issues began to catch up with all of us. Louise and I send our love to Evelyn and the family at this moment of loss. With lasting memories of a good friend, Tony and Louise Van Vliet.