Richard Don WHEELER
19 January , 1932 – 6 November , 2019
Richard Don Wheeler, 87, of Ojai died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 of cancer. Mr. Wheeler was born January 19, 1932 in Center, Texas and had lived in Ojai 48 years. He retired as a senior electronic engineer, working for the Department of Defense, receiving the Navy Meritorious Award for improving the fleet’s capabilities in electronic counter-countermeasures, the Navy’s third highest honorary award. He was an active member of the Ojai Valley Baptist Church, enjoyed senior softball and doing yard work. He loved to invest his time in his grandchildren and was very proud of them. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, his son Douglas Wheeler of Center, TX; his daughter Patsy Daniels of Pine Valley, CA, and his son Russell Wheeler of Couerd’alene, ID. Visitation will be from 11a.m.-3p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura. A service will be held at 12:30 pm Wednesday, November 13, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home with the Rev. Verne Hancock officiating. Interment will be at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura. Arrangements are under the direction of Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura. Condolences May be left at tedmayrfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Tuesday, 12 November , 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, 13 November , 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, 13 November , 2019
Richard Don WHEELER
11 November 2019
I believe I met Mr. Wheeler in 1966 because that's when I met his son Doug we were both in 4th grade (9 years old). We continue to to be friends (Brothers) at this amazing age of 62.
Little did I know that something Mr. Wheeler was going to share with me Biblically was going to give me great comfort 30 years later.
I had just read the Bible and was feeling pretty proud of myself. Doug and I were at the community center in Norco, California playing on the old fire truck in the playground area. Mr. Wheeler was playing Softball there as well. I remember this like yesterday.
Somehow we got on the subject of Judas Iscariot committing suicide after betraying Jesus. I being all cocky was stating how all folks who commit suicide went to Hell. Mr. Wheeler walking by after the game overheard this statement and corrected me right away. "Rick everyone who takes their own life does not go to hell."
It's so amazing how God gives us lessons and prepares us sometimes years in advance. How did Mr. Wheeler's words help me thru one of the roughest times in my life?
Thirty years later my Beautiful Sister took her own life. During my darkest days of regret and heart retching agony.
Mr. Wheeler's words came back to me from my childhood.
(Rick everyone who takes their own life does not go to hell.)
I have never shared this story nor did I ever thank Mr. Wheeler for the most timely words so many years ago. But I know he knows my heart now. He will always be Mr. Wheeler to me even if I live to be one hundred. But this one time I will use his full name.
Richard Don Wheeler,
Thank you for your influence and wise words. Thank you for your Son and my friend. Most importantly? Thank you for your walk with God! I have always admired you for your relationship with God.
Have fun with Barbara in Heaven.
11 November 2019
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Richard. I have fond memories of him visiting Shelby County. He was a really neat man with a quick smile. Some of my favorite memories was when we talked softball and motorcycles, two of my favorite hobbies. I know you all are grieving for your Dad, as I still do for my parents. This being Veteran's Day reminds me of his immaculately polished shoes. Carolyn, Doug, Patsy, and Rusty you are in my thoughts and prayers. With Love, Tim and Donna Powell
7 November 2019
My Uncle Richard was a true southern gentleman. He lived in California a long way from Center, Texas where he was born and raised. He would drive ever 4 to 6 months a year to visit his Mother,
Step Dad, his sister and his brother Gilbert Wheeler (My Dad). Of course we would all get together and my Dad would cook steaks. He loved when Richard came in so they could catch up on everything. They would go look at Uncle Richards land he had in Arcadia and walk the beautiful wooded acres. What a wonderful time we all had. I know he is in Heaven and getting to see his loved ones that went before him. I am so thankful I have Happy Memories of my Uncle Richard. I will miss him and his smile. My prayers are with his family. Love, Pamela Wheeler Hibbard