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George C. Wheeler

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READSBORO -- George C. “Joe” Wheeler, 76, a resident of Tunnel Street died Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington following a lengthy illness.

Born in West Chesterfield, N.H. on Feb. 12, 1928 he was the son of Clinton R. and Ethel (Joslyn) Wheeler. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1954. Throughout his life he had worked as a carpenter and handyman in the Brattleboro area. He was a member of the American Legion in Readsboro, he loved children, animals, birds, square dancing and was the life of the party at the Readsboro Apartments.

He leaves his wife Eleanor (Palmer) Wheeler whom he married Nov. 23,1966; step-children Darel Woods of Ringe, N.H., Anna Nelson of North Montpelier, Jeannine Chase of Chester and Brenda Bowman of Westbrook, Maine; a brother Milton Wheeler of Brattleboro; sisters Grace Fish of Florida, Pauline Wauskiewicz of Texas, Rosemarie Budzik of Winchester, N.H. and Dolly of Florida. He was predeceased by brothers, Charlie, Myron, Jim and Clinton Jr., and sisters Betty and Gloria.

Funeral services will be held in the Four Chaplains all Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home on Monday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. John Brigham, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Readsboro. Burial will take place at a later date in the Hinsdale Upper Cemetery in Hinsdale, N.H. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service at the First Baptist Church of Readsboro.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund or the First Baptist Church of Readsboro in care of the Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.0. Box 215, Wilmington, 05363.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 28, 2004
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