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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.

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Published in Daily Chronicle from Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, 2013.
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February 14, 2013
Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. Tom was a dear friend of mine and I miss him terribly.
Marg Snodgrass (Jacob)
February 13, 2013
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. We were good friends for many years and shared many experiences.
Walt Grover
February 12, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
Nikki Newsom (Pearson)
February 12, 2013
As a colleague and friend during Tom's entire career at Northern Illinois University, I would like his family to know of my deep appreciation for his many contributions to the Reading Program at NIU. We shared an office for a time, coauthored articles and a book, made joint presentations, and we were active in enhancing the educational experiences for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. I am grateful that his family has identified the NIU Literacy Clinic as one place where memorials can be sent. These gifts will help students of all ages increase their reading ability.

Jerry Johns
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