VENICE, Fla. – Thomas Earl Wheat, Ed.D., 76, a longtime resident of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Venice, Fla.
Born May 28, 1936, at home in Allen County, Ind., the son of John Wilbur and Helen (Bookout) Wheat, he married Suzanne Louise Morris on Dec. 21, 1963, at Hoagland Methodist Church in Hoagland, Ind.; she preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2001.
In 1966, Wheat earned his Bachelor of Science in education at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., and his Master of Education from the same institution a year later. He was awarded a Doctorate of Education from Ball State University in 1970. Later that year, he started his academic career as a professor in the College of Education at Northern Illinois University, where he served until his retirement. He was the fifth director of NIU's Literacy Clinic and active in professional societies, including the International Reading Association.
He is survived by three sons, J. Marc (Marie) Wheat of Arlington, Va., Chris (Kristi) Wheat of Venice and Thomas (Shirley) Wheat of Irvine, Calif.; and seven grandchildren, Winston and Allie of Florida, William, Jacob and Lauren of California, and Benjamin and Laura Elizabeth of Virginia. He also is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Christman Rioux of Fort Wayne and Ruth Shifferly of Decatur, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to NIU Literacy Clinic, 3100 Sycamore Road, Suite 2003, DeKalb, IL 60115, 815-753-1416, or to The Germanna Foundation, P.O. Box 279 Locust Grove, VA 22508-0279, 540-423-1700.
Published in Daily Chronicle from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2013.