Dodie Rae Wheeler
1984 - 2020

Dodie Rae Wheeler

The world lost one of the strongest warriors when Dodie Rae Wheeler earned her rest after battling health issues all her life at age 36 on Dec. 23, 2020, in Billings.

Dodie is survived by mother Debby Wheeler (Brian); sisters Dawn (David) Wheeler, Audrina (Chris) Wheeler; brother Isaiah Wheeler; grandmother Dorothy Krogedal; her great-aunt May; and special friend and partner Carl Lafollette. She was loved by her aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Dodie was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Wheeler; grandfathers Jim Wheeler, Lyle Krogedal; uncle Ken Flint; and her birthmother, Pam Sadler.

Dodie was born on Sept. 20, 1984, in Billings. She was raised in Froid and graduated from Froid High School in 2004. After moving back to Billings to be closer to healthcare specialists, she began working for COR Enterprises as a woodworker. She also participated in Special Olympics in basketball and field sports.

Dodie was accomplished at drawing and could be found sketching away in her room. She gifted many people with her drawings. She enjoyed playing the guitar and video games, as well as spending time with her friends. Dodie loved her furbaby, Cricket, and spoiled her as any mama would.

A memorial service for her friends will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Michelotti-Sawyers, 1001 Alderson Ave. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Dodie's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Help for Homeless Pets at 2910 Hannon Road, Billings, MT 59101. Condolences can be sent to Debby Wheeler, 13297 E. 53rd St., Yuma, AZ 85367.

The family would like to thank Carol Ady and St. Vincent Healthcare nurses and staff for her/their care and dedication in taking care of our daughter, sister, friend Dodie.

Dodie Rae Wheeler was our hero and she will be missed for her smile and determination in her battle for life.

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Published by Billings Gazette on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Funeral services provided by:
Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary & Crematory
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Dodie a total warrior on and off the basketball court. Kindest soul and willingness to help others with no need for returned favors. As your coach on and off the floor I will always remember your smile and colorful hair!!
Brenda J Weston
January 11, 2021
very miss you
Bill Messerly
January 7, 2021
I took care of Dodie over the years at a few facilities but the last one was Bear Lodge. We would bake cookies sometimes at 3 am when she couldn´t sleep. She would play and entertain my grandkids when they stopped at the lodge. She had such a big heart and just as big a smile! She will be missed by many. She never gave up. Fly high with the angels Dodie.
Lonna Olson
January 7, 2021
Dodie you will be missed. I will always remember that living spirit you had for life. You were a trooper. You always went that extra mile to make people laugh. You never gave up waiting for a transplant. I will miss your smile lady. R.I.P. you have earned your Angel wings.
Gloria Trevizo
January 6, 2021