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Dewey Wheeler

Dewey Wheeler, age 81, of Aurora, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at G. I. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

A Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 24th at the Aurora United Methodist Church. Rev. Greg Reed will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne at 2:30 P.M.. No Visitation. Memorials may be made to the family to designate at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Dewey E. Wheeler was born on February 23, 1938 at home, at Coleridge, Nebraska to Ross and Emily (Whipple) Wheeler. He passed away on July 18, 2019 in Grand Island, Nebraska at the age of 81.

In my early years, I moved with my parents to various places, Syracuse, NE, Lenox, IA, and Winner, SD before ending up in Wakefield, NE. My father was a light plant engineer and so moving was part of his job. My mother was a professional seamstress.

The majority of my education was spent in Wakefield where I graduated from high school in 1958. While in high school I participated in football, band and choir. I was also a boy scout.

One of my first jobs was a pin setter in the Wakefield bowling alley. I also worked in the junk yard, for a painter, a mink ranch and a feed company.

In 1960, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy, but due to high pitch hearing loss, was honorably discharged from the San Diego naval base.

In 1962, I met Nancy Reed on a blind date and we got married on March 5, 1967 in Wayne at the United Methodist Church. I worked at a truck stop in South Sioux City, NE, until a job opened up in Newcastle where we lived. I wanted to be more than a gas station attendant, so I enrolled in South East Community College in Milford where I received a degree in diesel technology and was offered a job at International Harvester in Aurora, NE. Since that time, I have worked at Behlen Manufacturing, as head of maintenance & electrician, driven semi-trucks, body man, and before my retirement in 2001, was the head of maintenance for 21 years at Bonnavilla Homes.

I have served as past treasurer of CNFAPA (foster parents group) and been a foster parent to six children, Sabrina, Ted, Cheri, Lorri, Diane and Billie Jo.

In January 1977, we adopted our first baby, a son, Robert (Bobby) at 12 days old. Four years later, in April, we adopted a baby girl, Lezlee. She was 11 days old. Robert is married to Wendy and they have one daughter, Montana. Lezlee has one daughter, Gracie and special friend, Janet.

I have been involved in boy scouting ever since Rob started in Cub Scouts and continued through his attaining his Eagle Scout ranking.

My hobbies include model trains, model car building, latch hook, roller skating, word search and jigsaw puzzles.

In my later years, my eyesight left me, so I canít do those things any more. Nancy drives me to coffee every day so that I can keep up on things with my coffee buddies.

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