OBERLIN -- Wayne LeRoy Wheeler, 71, died Sunday (Oct. 13, 2002) at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin.
He was born Nov. 15, 1930, to Fred Enoch and LeLa Faye (Gaylord) Wheeler at their farm near Dellvale, Kan. He grew up on the family farm. He attended District No. 81, Norton County School and Norton High School.
Following his schooling, he served in the U.S. Army for six years before being honorably discharged.
In 1952, he began working as a Combination man for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1994.
On Sept. 4, 1953, he married Delores Marie Jording at St. John's Lutheran Church in Oberlin. They made their home in Norton until moving to Oberlin in 1966.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Oberlin American Legion Post No. 70, Herndon Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oberlin City Fire Department (retired), National Rifleman's Association, American Association of Retired Persons, Telephone Pioneers, Lions Club and a past member of the Norton Jaycees.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Charla Rae; brothers, Dale and Harry Wheeler; and sister, Faye LeLa Reigan.
Survivors include his wife, Delores of Oberlin; one daughter, Paula and husband, Adrian Tadlock of Brush, Colo.; one adopted daughter, Patricia and husband, Lorn Dizmang of Moorefield; sister, Anna Ruth Huber of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; and two granddaughters.
Graveside memorial services were today, 11 a.m., at the Oberlin Cemetery with the Rev. Chad Eckels officiating. Memorials may be given in his name.
Pauls Funeral Home of Oberlin is in charge of arrangements.