Robert A. "Bob" Wheeler, 71, of Plymouth, passed away into the hands of the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born March 22, 1942, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Merritt and Olwen Thomas Wheeler.
He was a graduate of Meyers High School, class of 1960, and was an active member and trustee of the Central United Methodist Church, Wilkes Barre.
Prior to retirement, he was employed by Russell Plywood Inc., as a sales manager, for many years.
Throughout his life, Bob greatly enjoyed music and sharing music with others. He was the vocalist and guitarist for the J & B Monarchs and the Original Tones. He and his band members were well known all over the Wyoming Valley through the 1960s and 1970s.
He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and greatly enjoyed the trips he took with his family to Atlantic City.
Bob was preceded in death by his infant son, Robert; and brother Thomas Wheeler.
Surviving are his loving wife of 42 years, the former Patricia C. Humes; children, Patti Wheeler O'Donnell and her husband, Michael, Swoyersville; Janet Gehret, Northampton; Barbara Byrd and her husband, Jamie, Florida; Karen Sneed and her husband, William, North Carolina; and Robert Wheeler and his wife, Jill, Northampton; 12 grandchildren, Katie Wheeler, Mikey O'Donnell, Brandon Sneed, Chad Miller, Kramer Sneed, Kara Sneed, Logan Sneed, Heidi Sneed, Paige Malkowski, Vincent Gehret Jr., Abby Wheeler and Bo Wheeler; great-granddaughter, Payton Miller; brother Merritt Wheeler, North Carolina; sister, Eleanor Wheeler, Wilkes Barre; numerous nieces and nephews, and many good friends.
Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his loving family; his best buddy, Katie; and his dog, Lilly.
Funeral services will be held 5 p.m. Friday at the Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends may call 3 p.m. until the time of service.
Funeral arrangements are by the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's memory may be made to the Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570-822-7246.
To submit online condolences to Bob's family, please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on July 31, 2013