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Frank Wheeler
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Frank Darold Wheeler, 92, of Escalon passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

He was born on July 17, 1920 on Orcas Island, Washington. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Washington and later attended college and graduated from Cal Berkeley University.

Mr. Wheeler was happily married in 1941 to Ica Bertholf before being stationed in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran during World War II. He performed radio operation communication for key missions and landing forces.

He moved to a farm on River Road in Escalon in 1973. He was active in the First Presbyterian and First Baptist churches. A member of the Kiwanis Club, he volunteered his time with the local high school children.

He enjoyed traveling and seeing the world. His fascination of Ham Radio communication allowed him to build relationships with people from around the world. He was a lifelong learner and enjoyed the challenges of technology and computers. His laptop was used for surfing the web and emailing buddies from around the world.

He had a great sense of humor and really enjoyed spending quality time with family. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, and husband.

Survivors include his loving wife of nine years, Joe Wheeler; daughter Gloria Smith; son Gary Wheeler; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ica, after 63 years of wonderful marriage.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Feb. 20, 2013