Charles D. Wheelwright (89) passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born to Admiral Wheelwright and Dorothy DeWees Wheelwright on September 2, 1925 in Ogden, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Craig David Wheelwright. He is survived by his devoted wife of 58 years, Irma Brown Wheelwright, his daughter, Marilyn Kay Wheelwright McKee and husband, Danniel Bert McKee, daughter-in-law, DeNette Wheelwright and 4 granddaughters; Krista and Holly McKee, Kathryn and Michelle Wheelwright, and extended family including Al & Ann Johnson, Denice Checketts, the Brown family and many friends.
Charles served in the Air Force from 1943-1946 and was in the Reserves until his retirement. In 1951, Charles received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland. He continued his education and received additional degrees in Plant Physiology from George Washington University and in Aviation Physiology from Ohio State University. Charles spent over 50 years in research and development in aerospace disciplines and continued as a consultant even after retirement from NASA.
All his life he enjoyed traveling. As an avid trout fisherman, Gunnison, Colorado was a destination of choice with his family for many years. He was fortunate to take many cruises with his wife to Alaska, South America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and England. One of his favorite destinations was England and he knew the Underground system better than the locals! He was an active member of Seabrook United Methodist Church since 1962.
As desired, Charles donated his body to the University of Texas Health & Science Center for research by medical students to learn more about diseases of the lungs, including COPD from which he suffered.
A memorial service will be held on June 13, 2015 at 2:00PM at Seabrook United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Seabrook United Methodist Church.