Jesse Eugene Wheeler
September 28, 1937 – February 6, 2019
Jesse Wheeler, 81, passed away on February 6, 2019, in Fairview, Oregon. He was born on September 28, 1937 in Cheraw, Colorado to George and Edith Wheeler. He attended Ellensburg High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a Boatswain’s Mate.
In 1962, Jesse married the love of his life, Harriette Robinson Wheeler. They were married for 54 wonderful years, until her passing on April 8, 2016.
Jesse worked for Cascade Corporation in Fairview as a machinist from 1967 until he retired in 2012. He loved his job, and he made friends with many of his coworkers.
Harriette and Jesse visited many Eagle and American Legion Lodges, where Jesse enjoyed playing pool. His hobbies included building dune buggies, working on vehicles, and going to car races. He also enjoyed sturgeon fishing and camping with family and friends. His favorite TV programs were watching Portland wrestling and car races.
Jesse would travel to Ellensburg and Kittitas, Washington several times a year to visit family and friends. One of the events Jesse loved was the Ellensburg parade and rodeo. While he was visiting family, the brothers would get together and go to Curly’s and Timeout Saloon in Kittitas for childhood stories and playing pool. While in Ellensburg they would meet at the Oak Rail Saloon to visit with the baby brother. In both towns Jesse would meet with friends to talk about the old days and play pool. Jesse loved to play pool and he was good at it.
Jesse was preceded in passing by his wife and parents. He is survived by his children, Harry (Sherri) Wheeler, and Tanya (Tim) Steenbergen; grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Brett Wheeler, Robert Steenbergen Jr. and Kayla Steenbergen; five great grandchildren; his sister Barbara LeRue; as well as several nieces, nephews and special children. He will be greatly missed.