John Joseph Wheeler

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On Monday January 21, 2013, John Joseph Wheeler went to be with the Lord. He was born on February 24, 1924 on a farm in Springfield Township. He was the son of Rev. William and May (Hall) Wheeler, and one of eight children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only sister, Edna (Wheeler) Rilling; his eldest brother, Harold, in infancy; his brother, Major Paul Wheeler, Elpaso, Texas; and his brother Daniel Wheeler, Nebo, West Virginia, and David Wheeler, Albion Pa. He is survived by two brothers, James, Avon Lake, OH, and Mark, Girard, Pa. He is also survived by three children, Patricia Bartosek and husband Frank, Albion, Pa.; and Linda Bennett and husband, Perry, Albion, Pa., and Victor Wheeler and wife Sandra. Also, nine grandchildren; Victor Wheeler Jr. and wife Kristine, Albion, PA; Scarlette (Wheeler) Macfarlane and husband, Steve, of Springboro, Pa.; Jacqueline (Wheeler) Warfield and husband Joe, Hilton Head, S.C.; Michael Wheeler, Gasport, N.Y.; Christopher Wheeler, Girard, Pa.; Sandra Jeannette Wheeler, Girard, Pa.; Gregory Bartosek and wife, Wendy, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Michelle (Bartosek) McIntyre and husband Joe, North Jackson, Ohio; and Benjamin Bennett, Erie, Pa. Additionally, twenty one great grandchildren; Anna Rose Wheeler, Cambridge Springs, Pa.; Victor Wheeler III, Cranesville, Pa.; Joseph Wheeler, Erie, Pa.; Sephra, Matthew, Theresa, Timothy, John, and Julia Wheeler, Albion, Pa.; Stephen, Katherine, and Caroline Macfarlane, Springboro, Pa.; Sydnee and Nicholas Wheeler, Hilton Head, S.C.; Cassie, Chase, Courtney, and Chelsea Wheeler, Ransomville, N.Y.; Bailey Wheeler, Girard, Pa.; and Cole and Emma McIntyre, North Jackson, Ohio. John was a member of Kidder's Corner Community Church, in Conneaut Twp., where he lived most of his life. He attended the Wellsburg and Conneaut Twp. one room schools and high school in West Springfield. He married Anna Marie Dohanic his school girl sweetheart who survives him. John was the middle sibling of five WWII Era brothers. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 18, 1943, and entered service on March 25, 1943 at New Cumberland, Pa., assigned to Battery C 748 Anti Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion as a Radio Operator. He participated in the battles and campaigns, GO 33, 40, WD45, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was authorized to wear these decorations and citations including, the Good Conduct Medal; Fidelity and Marksman Medal; The European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, with two bronze stars; and the World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged on January 9, 1946 in Indiantown Gap Military Post as a Technician Fifth Grade. After the military, John followed his radio training and became an Electrician. He pursued a Railroad career, first working in the Boilermaker Dept., then being promoted to Electrician when the railroads converted from steam to diesel. He worked for the Nickel Plate, New York Central, and Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroads, and General Electric. He finished his working career retiring from Copes-Vulcan. John was a very quiet man that hunted, fished and trapped Conneaut Creek where he grew up. He had a talent for fixing anything and could build what ever was needed from scratch. That was a trait he learned as a farm boy during the depression. He often used his mechanical and electrical talents, supplied with his Christian generosity to help family, friends and neighbors at no cost. After his retirement, you could find him working in his garden or farm woodlot with his favorite Farmall Super "H", growing his own organic food. Viewing will be at the Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main St. East, Girard on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Prayer Service will be co-celebrated by Fr. Gerald Wright, who ministered to John at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Rev. George Walker at the funeral home on Thursday at 9 a.m. Interment will be held at Hope Cemetery, Wellsburg, Pa., at the family burial plot with full military honors.

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Edder Funeral Home
309 Main Street Girard, PA 16417
(814) 774-4306
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 22, 2013
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