Military veteran

Ernest Wheeler, 87, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Mountain View Health Care.

He was born Feb. 1, 1929, in Portageville, son of Foster and Ruth Sutton Wheeler. He and Alice Holden were married in 1973.

He served in the Army from December 1952 to December 1954 and with the Army reserves until December 1960.

He had many jobs and retired from the oil refineries as a boat operator.

He and his wife, Alice, moved back to the Holden family farm in Mountain View, where they resided until she passed away in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Lorine Wheeler and Betty Huffman; and two brothers, Francis M. “Frank” Wheeler and Charles Wheeler.

Survivors include a son, Drew Wheeler; two stepsons, Dan Vincent and Harold Gene Vincent; two grandchildren; a brother, Levi Wheeler; and a host of other family members.

Graveside services with military honors were Friday, Nov. 4, in Green Lawn Cemetery in Mountain View with the Rev. Steve Steelman officiating. Services were under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home.

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