Col. Bernard D.
Wheeler, U.S. Army, Retired
March 20, 1928-
June 26, 2014
Washington, D.C.- Col. Bernard D. "Barney" Wheeler, U.S. Army, Retired, age 86, of Washington, D.C., died peacefully on June 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born in Lima, Ohio on March 20, 1928, son of late Clifford and Florence Wheeler. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in 1951 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and was captain of the varsity football team. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College and received a Masters Degree from Shippensburg State College in 1972.
During his twenty-eight year Infantry career, Col. Wheeler fought in the Korean and Viet Nam wars. Among his military decorations are the Silver Star for gallantry and three Bronze Stars for valor. He believed the best job in the U.S. Army was company commander and was happiest when assigned to troop duty.
Upon retirement from the military in 1977, he joined Vinnell Corporation as Director of Training in Saudi Arabia. He retired again in 1986 as Vice President of Operations in Fairfax, VA before moving with his wife, Ellie, to Columbus, GA.
Barney was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and volunteered with Service Corps of Retired Executives. For years he enjoyed a round of golf at the Country Club of Columbus and his favorite pastime was playing gin rummy with a group of close friends. In 2013 the couple moved to Washington, D.C. into Knollwood Military Retirement Community operated by the Army Distaff Foundation.
Col. Wheeler is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor Young "Ellie" Wheeler; daughter Abby and her husband Paul Bernard of Warrenton, VA and daughter Elizabeth and her husband Patrick Tisdale of Washington D.C.; grandchildren Christopher Bernard and Allison Tisdale; and step-sister Jenna Moser of Tavares, FL. Col. Wheeler will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or
Published in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer on July 2, 2014