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Robert "Bob" Wheeler, 85
by Report submitted · December 14th, 2017


Robert C. "Bob" Wheeler, 85, of Hiawatha, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Per Bob's wishes, his body has been gifted to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the funeral home conducted by Bob's son, Commander Dennis Wheeler, US Navy Chaplain. Military honors will be provided by Marine Corps League-Cedar Valley Detachment of Cedar Rapids.

Bob was born September 20, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Ethel (Gantenbein) Wheeler. He graduated from Marion High School in 1950 and attended the University of Dubuque. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He then married Donna Louise Claypool on September 30, 1966, in Marion, Iowa. Bob worked as a service manager for Steitzer Lincoln-Mercury, Jim Miller Lincoln-Mercury, and Junge Automotive Group, retiring in 1997. After retiring, he worked part-time at Clark Pharmacy in Cedar Rapids. Bob was a member of Hope United Church of Christ in Hiawatha, Marine Corps League-Cedar Valley Detachment, Iowa Firefighters Association, and American Legion Post #735 of Hiawatha. He was a 29-year veteran of the Hiawatha Fire Department, a former Hiawatha City Councilman, EMS Explorer Post #911 of Cedar Rapids, an American Red Cross volunteer, and an umpire for many years with the Hiawatha Kids League.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna of Hiawatha; daughter, Merry Rooks of Tipton; son, Sam Wheeler of Marion; son, Dennis (Patti) Wheeler, of Memphis, Tennessee; daughter, Karen (Terry) Feddersen of Belle Plaine, Minnesota; daughter, Christi (Dustin) Sanford of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Janis, Jennifer, Christopher, Nicholas, Alexander, Avery, Breanna, and Peter; three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Jenna, and Emmalee; brother, James Wheeler of Hiawatha; a niece; and five nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew "Bud" and Ethel Wheeler; sister, Janis Wheeler; and brother, Richard "Dick" Wheeler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Bob's memory.

Please share a memory of Bob at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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