Richard K. Wheeler

Apr 02, 1931 - Jan 10, 2021

Richard K. Wheeler

April 02, 1931 - January 10, 2021


Richard Kinnie Wheeler (Dick), age 89, passed away on January 10, 2021 His loving wife, Marjorie, remaining at his side in his final hours. They had shared 65 wonderful years together.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, son of Francis and Kathleen (McDonald) Wheeler. Following grade school, Dick attended the prestigious Brooklyn Technical High School, then Purdue University for three years and then the US Army. Dick then returned to Purdue accomplishing his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1957. While at Purdue he was an active member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Sigma. Dick went to work at Ford Motor Company and was one of the engineers to assist in the development of the first Ford Mustang. He later left Ford; moving to California where he purchased a Ford dealership in Chowchilla; working there as CEO until he retired.

Even though not a California native, "home" was Chowchilla. He was involved with St. Columba Catholic Church, YMI, and Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce. He regularly participated in the annual Chowchilla Spring Festival and FFA auction and provided the vehicle for the High School Senior's raffle. He was a member of the LeGrand American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and organizing people in activities and celebrations. As a lifelong learner, Dick was also a big supporter of the School of Engineering at Purdue University.

He will be remembered for his lively and outgoing personality. He was always ready to help those in need. His catch phrase was "Nothing is Fair, and No one is Equal", and he would encourage people to use their own talents and skills to move forward with their lives.

Dick is survived by his wife Marjorie (Price), children Cindy (Nick), Eileen, Geoffrey (Yupin), David (Maria), and Charlie, 12 grandchildren, and 3 (soon to be 4) great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Carroll (Agoglia), and brothers Bruce and John. His brother Robert and sister Barbara (Melore) preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday January 23, 2021, with a 9:00am Rosary, 9:15am Mass (MST) at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church 8620 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020.

Due to health and safety concerns the family does not anticipate people attending the service in person.

We welcome you to join us distantly for the funeral mass which will be live streamed via the link below:

A memorial celebration will be planned for a later date TBD.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology IUPUI Alumni Scholarship, or the Alzheimer's Association.

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology IUPUI Alumni Scholarship

Alzheimer's Association


Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 9:00 am
Most Holy Trinity

8620 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Rosary to begin at 9:00 am with the Funeral Mass to follow at 9:15 am

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