EMPORIUM - Lowell S. "Hank" Wheeler of Red Hill, formerly of West Creek Road, Emporium, passed away Monday (Feb. 17, 2014) in Life Quest Nursing Home, Quakertown, following a lengthy illness.
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He was born July 11, 1923, in Austin, the son of the late Henry L. and Della M. Gratton Wheeler. On Aug. 5, 1946, he married Rita Dill, who passed away on Aug. 30, 2007.
A resident of Cameron County almost his entire life, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Arcana Lodge #580 and belonged to Operating Engineers Local 66.
He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, having served from February 1943 to December 1945. He enlisted in the 17th Airborne Division, Company "F", 193rd Regiment and was discharged from Company "G", 194th Glider Infantry Regiment. Hank was a very proud World War II veteran and his family thanks him for his service to our country.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Roger (Ginny) Johnson of East Greenville; six grandchildren: Mrs. Shawn (Missy) Llewellyn, Mrs. Jason (Julie) Barrett, Mrs. Wes (Nikki) Lorhman, and Kyle (Kris) Wheeler, all of Bradford, Brian (Theresa) Johnson of Wescosville, and Mrs. Christian (Robbi) Giuliano of Downingtown; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert Wheeler, a daughter-in-law, Mary Wheeler, and two sisters, Thora Dill and Cleo Austin.
Visitations with video tribute will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.
Funeral and committal Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Christine Groeger, officiating. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery, Emporium. Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Vets Club, 427 East Third Street, Emporium, PA 15834.
Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home
6 West 6th Street
Emporium, PA 15834
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2014