Ray Dawson Wheeler
January 27, 1932 – April 26, 2018
Springfield, IL-Ray D. Wheeler, 86, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away at 3:25 am Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born in Springfield, January 27, 1932 the son of Raymond and Evelyn (Coker) Wheeler. Ray married Carolyn Hamilton in Chatham, IL December 25, 1951 and she survives.
Also surviving are his children: David (Ronna) Wheeler of Dixon, IL, Linda Rae Craft of Springfield, IL, Dean (Cindy) Wheeler of Sacramento, CA, and Bruce (Julie) Wheeler of Chicago, IL. , 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, his sister, Polly P. Wheeler of Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by his son-in-law Larry Craft, his brother, Robert Wheeler and his parents.
He was a graduate of MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL where he earned his BA degree. After his marriage to Carolyn, Ray enlisted and served in the United State Army for three years. He earned the rank of Sargent and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Ray retired from Franklin Life Insurance Company as an assistant Vice-President in 1987 after 37 ½ years of service. In retirement, Ray served as an instructor of data processing at Lincoln Land Community College. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, a member of the Chatham VFW Post 4763 and was a member of the Friday Senior Bowling League at Strike and Spare West. An avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and Chicago Bulls fan, he found his greatest joy in spending time with his family and especially cherished his time with his grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service at 11:00 am Monday, April 30, 2018 at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honor’s provided by the United States Army and the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. A committal service will follow there with Rev. Nicole Cox officiating. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church 2941 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL 62711.
Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Bisch and Son Funeral Home 544-5424.
- Carolyn Wheeler, Wife
- Also surviving are his children: David (Ronna) Wheeler of Dixon, IL, Linda Rae Craft of Springfield, IL, Dean (Cindy) Wheeler of Sacramento, CA, and Bruce (Julie) Wheeler of Chicago, IL. , 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, his sister, Polly P. Wheeler of Florida, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by his son-in-law Larry Craft, his brother, Robert Wheeler and his parents.
- First United Methodist Church
- Graveside Service Monday, April 30, 2018
Ray Dawson Wheeler
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Karen Harris (Richmond)
May 1, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I would see him in the halls at Franklin Life, and he always had a smile. He was so nice and friendly. I would see you two out after you both retired, you would be holding hands. That's the kind of love and devotion that we all hope to have. You are all in my prayers.
April 30, 2018
Bruce and Family,
With much symphony, we were sorry to hear about your Dad. Although we didn’t know him personally, Ray’s obituary gave us a brief look at his life as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. His service and dedication to our fine country was recognized today with full honors of a Military Service and Burial. What a tribute.
We hope that in time you replace his loss with pleasant memories of all the good times shared over the years. A donation to the First United Methodist Church is being made in your Dad’s memory.
With our condolences, respectfully,
All of us at Allied
Jo Ann (England) Stone
April 30, 2018
Carolyn, Linda, David, Bruce, Dean - I am so sorry to see Ray has passed. So many memories of your family in Lake Knolls growing up. My folks and Carolyn & Ray shared bowling memories and good times. Linda sorry to read about Larry in your dad's obit. My thoughts and prayers to your all during this time and in the future as you deal with this loss.
April 28, 2018
We will Always remember the fun and laughter we shared, the many times we were guests in your home, the warmth of your friendship
And especially Ray's welcoming personality. We are so sorry to learn of this loss.
Fred. Barbara and Cindy
April 27, 2018
Sister Carolyn & Aunt Carolyn,
We are thinking of you & sending you warm hugs.
My first thought when I heard about Uncle Ray passing was that Gramma now has both of her sons with her & Grampa in heaven. I'm sure that has made her very happy.
Sister Polly, Tricia (Patty) & Rick
April 27, 2018
Carolyn & family: What a shock. It seems like just yesterday that we saw you at the moves and talked. You all are in our hearts and prayers. What a great person Ray was and a awesome couple you two were. I grieve with you all on the loss of Ray.