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Wheeler, William R.

Wheeler, William R.

August 5, 1922 — January 4, 2022

William Roy Wheeler, 99, of the Kansas City Northland, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2022, at Saint Luke's Hospice House surrounded by family.

Bill was born August 5, 1922, in Milan, MO, the second of eight children of William Roy and Iva Myrtle (Sims) Wheeler.

Along with his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mary Irene (Robertson) Wheeler; great grandson, Bryce Alan Wheeler; and siblings, Earl Wheeler, J.B. Wheeler, John Robert Wheeler, Charles "Buddy" Wheeler, Helen Hartung and Infant Syvella Wheeler.

Bill worked as a Teamster route salesman for Cain's Coffee for more than 30 years before he retired in 1984. Other than a job related injury, Bill didn't miss a day of work for three decades. Following retirement he delivered auto parts for O'Reilly's. Bill and Mary were members of Independence Boulevard Christian Church for 50+ years. He was an Honorary Warrior of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and the proud father of three Eagle Scouts.

Bill leaves his children and spouses, Bill Wheeler (Edi), Mike Wheeler (Traci), Debby Royal (Larry deceased), Alan Wheeler (Patricia), Gary Wheeler (Denise) and Denise Wheeler (Mark Anderson); 18 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 22 great-great grandchildren and a 23rd on the way. He also leaves a brother, Cecil Wheeler and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Bill's life at 2:30 pm, on Tuesday, January 11, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to City Union Mission or to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm, followed by a service celebrating Bill’s life at 2:30 pm, on Tuesday, January 11, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO. Burial will follow at Glenridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to City Union Mission or to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Wheeler, William R.'s Guestbook

I worked with his son, Gary, for many years on the KCFD. Unfortunately due to a recent Covid exposure, I'm not able to attend the visitation personally to speak with Gary. Know that Jackie and I send our warmest condolences to the family.

Lew Hendricks

I have had the privilege of knowing and being friends and a pastor of the Wheeler family since 1978. Bill & Mary raised their children to be good Christians, citizens, family members, and friends. Job well done. Bill was an elder at a church I served and he lived up to what an elder of the church should be. Bill thank you for your friendship and for permitting me to be a part of your great family. I am not going to say goodbye but I'll see you and Mary later.

Don Bordenaro

I'm so sorry to hear about Uncle Bill. I will always remember his laughter, smile and such a positive attitude. What a great person, now he's reunited with Aunt Mary (another great person that I have not and will not forget). Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Janet (Wheeler) and Frank Heavner

bill was my father-in law for the past 16 years he was a wonderful man always happy to see you and so full off love he will be sadly missed by all who knew him especially by his remaining children it has been a honor and pleasure to be excepted into the wheeler family the world will be a sadder place by his passing but there is some comfort to this raggedy he will be at rest with his beloved wife who also sadly passed 8 plus years ago may they both rest in eternal peace together my thoughts and prayers go out to the wheeler family

Edith Wheeler

May he rest in peace. A wonderful kind father and cousin to John S. and Maxine Tipton who were very close as a family. Their Grandson, Shawn Tipton, my oldest gave Bill the name "Grandpa Driver" when he came to California in 1979. One of oldest family members of the Wheeler-Tipton-Salisbury family to enjoy life to it fullest. Thank you to his daughter, Debby making our connection through the years. May we continue to stay in contact

Diana Tipton Pettit

Heaven is more beautiful and loving with the spirit of Uncle Bill. Such an amazing soul. To have him in my life made me a better person. He is the epitome of a loving husband, father and all around good guy. From humble beginnings and living a humble life. Thank you Uncle Bill for being MY uncle. You will be missed more than you know. The same goes for Aunt Mary, I love you too.

Karen (Wheeler) & Todd Hardgrove

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