OBITUARY

Herman Edward Wheeler Jr.

January 20, 1942January 24, 2021

Herman Edward Wheeler, 79, of Rockwall, Texas, went to be with his Lord after fighting a month-long battle with COVID-19. Ed was born in Dallas, Texas on January 20, 1942 to Herman Edward Wheeler, Sr. and Margie Lorene (Stidham) Wheeler. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1960, Ed went to work for the forestry services in Washington state. After returning home to the Dallas area, he heeded the call to his country, and joined the army. He served two years in the U.S. Army Security Agency, at Kagnew Station, in Ethiopia. After his discharge, he came back to the Dallas area and worked as a manager of a grocery store, drove a taxi, and then began working at Texas Instruments (T.I.). Ed was blessed with three children, who he loved deeply. He was an active father and loved coaching his daughter in soccer, basketball and slow pitch softball, through the Girls Club of Sherman. During his time at T.I., he met and married Marjorie Elane Campbell, who went on to encourage him to complete a degree in engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1984. This led to a promotion to Industrial Engineer at T.I. and a career that lasted until his retirement in 1997. He spent those early years of retirement, traveling with his love, Elane. It was on one of those trips that he lost her to diabetes, after 29 years of marriage. Ed was too much of a people person to stay alone. While attending a local high school dinner, he became reacquainted with a classmate, Eugenia Francis Davignon (Jeanie). They had so many things in common (love for travel, the arts, sailing, dancing, family, etc.), they married on February 21, 2004, on their boat, in Port Isabel, Texas. Ed’s love for learning didn’t stop with his degree. He continued to share that love through teaching, mentoring, and giving other kids opportunities to grow. He and his daughter coached his grandkids in inline hockey, mentored kids in Rockwall, and never failed to encourage his family in lifelong learning. Simply put, Ed LOVED people. Whether it was at church, or civic memberships, or with family, he was involved. Some of his roles at church included treasurer, choir, and avid bible study participant and teacher. He was also involved with AIIE (American Institute of Industrial Engineers), the Texas B.E.S.T. program (guiding young girls and boys in robotics), Toastmasters, and the Masonic Lodge (handing out food, worked with scholarship program, distributed toothbrushes to elementary students, etc.). Ed didn’t hesitate to fill in his gaps of time with endless projects at his home, in Rockwall. He loved wood working, creating his fish aquarium outside, teaching himself guitar and piano, building projects on his house, and tinkering with his TR8. He will be remembered most for his contagious smile and his endless love for riddles, jokes, and tricks! He had a life rule that he instilled in all his children and grandchildren: Be honest, be fair and never waste anything. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Elane, son Randy Wheeler , brothers Ivan Straw, Larry Wheeler, Lee Wheeler, sisters Rose Wheeler and Barbara Griffin. He is survived by his wife Jeanie, son David Wheeler, daughter Stephanie Barker (Randy), extended son and daughters Chris Golden, Vanessa Nash (Jerry), and Leslie Nychka (Rob), brothers Ernie Wheeler and Bennie Straw, sister Pat Young, grandkids Brandon Baker (Melissa), TJ Baker (Holly), Jason Evans (Rachel), Randy Wheeler (Cassie), Brandi Green(Aubrey), Michele Barker, Kyle Barker, Robert Golden (Maureen), Victoria Mynatt (Chris), Alex Golden, Ben Golden, Kendall Nash, Jordan Caskey (Austin), Morgan Nash, Eliot Nychka, Aiden Nychka, Sophie Nychka, and a forest of great-grandkids, nieces, nephews and other relatives. A memorial service will be held (in person and online) at First United Methodist Church of Rockwall, on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made, in Ed Wheeler’s honor, to the East Trinity Masonic Lodge Golf Classic, which awards scholarships to high school seniors, in Rockwall, Texas.

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Mark Davies

February 13, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Wheeler family on your loss.

Mark and Jean Davies

Ashley Hope

February 13, 2021

Ashley Hope

February 13, 2021

When I first came to texas I finally got to meet the Famous Great uncle Ed. I didn’t get to meet my grandfather his half brother Ivan P Straw passed away 1980, But meeting him and talking to Ed made me feel like I got to meet a part of the family. Wish I got to know you more you seemed like an awesome man

Stephanie Wheeler-Barker

January 31, 2021

Oh wow, so many memories! Almost 55 years of memories! From my very first memory, to my very last, I will remember you most for the unconditional love that you gave me. We were so close my whole life, you did everything with me. My Coach in sports, summer vacation trips, my teacher of so many things, including how to be a productive member of society. You were the best Granddad to my children, and you were always present in our lives. Always filled with excitement no matter how big or small the accomplishment. You always encouraged me. You always told me I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. Living next door to you for the last 10 years, we made a ton of memories and I will forever be thankful to you because it was your idea! I miss our daily conversations, even if it was just to say hi and I love you. You always brightened my day. You will FOREVER be in my heart and I know I will be with you again someday.

Your Forever Daughter and "lovey dovey",
Stephanie

Lisa Bump

January 29, 2021

When I was appx 8, we were having dinner with Ed and Elane. I was sitting far from Ed at the dinner table and asked if he would pass me a biscuit. He threw it down the table to me. Surprised/shocked this little kid! .

I remember him trying to teach me chopsticks on the piano.

One of the last times I saw Ed was my college graduation. He and Elane came to my graduation party, and brought me a bottle of perfume. At the time I thought what a strange gift, but it turned out to be one of my favorite perfumes.

Over the years he and I played Words with Friends and kept in touch that way.

Always will remember him, being a jokester, kind hearted gentle soul.

With lots of Love, Lisa
My prayers and condolences to the many family and friends.

frank pitzi

January 29, 2021

I was so saddened to hear this news. Ed and I were acquainted when we served in the Army in East Africa in 1961. We later became great friends with phone calls and emails. We met at a base reunion at Ft. Devens, MA a couple of years ago and he went with me to my Cape Cod rental and we fished for a couple of days. When someone passes we often hear "oh he was a great guy" but in this case there is no hyperbole. Ed truly was a great guy. My sincere condolences to his family. Goodbye old friend.

Cecilia Wheeler/Goularte

January 28, 2021

Ed and I had many great times as children. Of course he was always
6 months older than me. Our families would get together often and meet, sometimes at Grandaddy and Grandmother Wheeler's in Jacksboro, where we would enjoy a massive watermelon, also Grandmother's pies, cakes, meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He was always funny and fun to be with and never changed. I will miss knowing he is there but, comforted he has gone to be with the Lord Jesus. I will see him again. Cousin Cecilia.

Holly Lynn Baker

January 28, 2021

I will always remember how Ed was always so eager to hear what we had to say. He loved getting updates on what was happening in our lives and always loved discussing ideas. My biggest project at school involved photographing him with the objects and things he loved. This picture of him with his sailboat parked in his yard is my favorite moment captured of Ed during this project. His expression shows how happy the sailboat makes him and that is exactly what my project was about - capturing those expressions with objects that bring good memories. Will miss his excitement when talking with him and will miss those big hugs he gave.

T.J. Baker

January 28, 2021

My Grandaddy was very special to me, being one of many grandkids, the lessons taught and time spent together was always wonderful.

Denise Reynolds-Ross

January 27, 2021

My cousin. He was always smiling and laughing. He some way found his way into the family pictures. So much in one person to love. 🌷

FROM THE FAMILY