Howard E. Wheeler

Howard E. Wheeler, age 86, of Wayne, Ohio, went to meet the Lord peacefully on Thursday, April 10, 2014
at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born in Maumee, Ohio on May 29, 1927 to Lafe and Violet
(Ackerman) Wheeler. Howard married Sue Hausman on December 30,1951 in Auburn, IN.
Howard left home at the age of 17 to join the US Navy during WWII. He served part of his duty in the
Philippines. After release from the Navy, he worked as an electrician and later as a millwright. He
moved his family to Oroville, California in the 1960’s and worked on the construction of the Oroville
Dam. Howard was an active member of the Millwright Pile Driver Local 1090 for 35 years retiring in 1987.
He belonged to VFW Post 4984, and the American Legion Post 232, both of Grand Rapids, Ohio. Howard was
also a member of Victory Chapel, Cygnet, Ohio.
Howard is survived by son Howard "Butch" (Lori) E. Wheeler Jr., of Grand Rapids, daughters
Violet (John) Serrato of Wayne, Ohio, and Kathy (Tom) Potter of Weston, Ohio, his step sons Melvin
"Jake" (Judy) Jacobs of San Marcos,
California, and Spencer Jacobs of Trenton, Florida, his grandchildren John (Rachel) Serrato Jr., of
Tontogany, Ohio, Holly (Kris) Serrato, of Waterville, Ohio, Howard "Howie" Wheeler III of
Wayne, Ohio, Michael Serrato of Wayne, Ohio, Troy Potter, of Weston, Malissa Potter of Columbus, Ohio
and Jeff Jacobs of Toledo, 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, his brother
Stan(Reva) Wheeler of Oroville, California, and sister Barbara Thomas of Defiance, Ohio. He was preceded
in death by his wife of 56 years Sue Wheeler and grandson Ronald Gene Jacobs Jr. his parents Lafe and
Violet (Baker) Wheeler and his brother Hershel Wheeler.
Friends and family are invited to call Howard’s family at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home 7220 Dutch Rd.
Waterville, Ohio on Sunday April 13, 2014 from 1 – 5pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home
on Monday at 11 am with Evangelist Jim Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donations in Howard’s memory to the Flaming Fire Ministries
or the Hospice of Northwest
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Arrangements by the Peinert Dunn Funeral Homes, Waterville, Ohio.
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