Walter Wheeler Sr.

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Walter Wheeler Sr.
1925 - 2017
KITTERY - Walter Wheeler Sr., 91, of Rogers Road, Kittery, died at his home surrounded by loved ones, Feb. 14, 2017.
Born in Manchester on Nov. 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Leo J. And Sadie M. (Cottle) Wheeler. He attended schools in Lewiston before entering the United States Navy and serving in the Asiatic-Pacific, American area, and European-African theatres of operation; he took part in the D-Day invasion.
Following his service to his country, he returned to New England where he trained at trade school in Massachusetts and began a career at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard working as a machinist.
Walt continued his service as a member of the Maine legislature from 2002-2010, where he was an accessible and strong supporter of his constituents and a strong voice for Maine's outdoorsmen.
He also enjoyed membership in the Masonic Naval Lodge #184 Kittery, Knights of Templar, Royal Arch Chapter and Shriners, Sportsman Alliance of Maine, and the Southern Maine Fish and Game Club.
His first love was unquestionably his family; his loving wife, Gerry J. (Berry) Wheeler; children: James Wheeler and his wife Joyce, of Eliot; Cassie Bullis and her husband Randy, of Espyville, Pa.; Russell Wheeler and his wife Kathy, of Kittery; David Wheeler and his wife Robin, of Eliot; Gary Wheeler and his wife Cheryl, of Augusta; and Jane Beach and her husband Terry, of Eliot; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; his brother, William and his wife Wilma Wheeler, of Kittery; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his children, Brenda Tripp, and Walter Wheeler Jr.; as well as siblings Leo Wheeler Jr., Joe Wheeler, and Eleanor Quinn.
Friends may visit with Walt's family on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. in the JS Pelkey Funeral Home, 125 Old Post Rd., Kittery. A funeral will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at St. Marks United Methodist Church on Government Street in Kittery at noon. Masonic and military honors will be held at his graveside in the spring. Care for the Wheeler family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made by visiting:
www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com.

Family flowers only. Donations may be made in his memory to the
Paralyzed Veterans of America PVA
Donation Processing Center
7 Mill Brook Road
Wilton, NH 03086, or
St. Marks United Methodist Church
62 Government Street
Kittery, ME 03904, or
St. Jude Childrens
Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105



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J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home
125 OLD POST RD
Kittery, ME 03904
(207) 439-4900
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Published in Central Maine from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2017
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