Howard C. Wheeler, 90, of Norwalk, died Friday, March 15, 2013, in the Stein Hospice Care Center.
He was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Auglaize County, to the late Hazel Mae (Reed) and Raymond Franklin Wheeler and came to this area in 1950.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marguerite (Peggy) (Spitzer) Wheeler, of Norwalk; by his children, Kathryn Margaret and David W. Clark, of Columbus, Elizabeth Diane â€śBetsyâ€ť and Brian F. Kniffin, of Norwalk, Victoria Anne Wheeler, of Norwalk, and Reed Hobart and Christine (Horning) Wheeler, of Cleveland; his grandchildren, Sarah (Kniffin) and Jeffrey Lee, of Nashville, Tenn., Abigail Clark, of New Albany, Laura (Kniffin) and Justin Carroll, of Huron, and Hannah Clark, of Columbus; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Wheeler, of Wapakoneta, and Dorothy Wheeler, of Alexandria, Va.; and his brother- and sister-in-law, Nicholas A. and Barbara Spitzer. of Pickerington.
Howard was preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold F. Wheeler; and his brother, Roger Wheeler.
Howard was a member of the Norwalk First United Methodist Church. He sang in the chancel choir for 50 years, was a former Sunday school teacher, delegate to the Lakeside conference, and hosted Bible study in his home. He taught at Norwalk Junior High School for 30 years. He earned both a bachelorâ€™s degree in education and a masterâ€™s degree in administration from Bowling Green State University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After retirement, Howard was a toll collector at Exit No. 7 of the Ohio Turnpike. Howard was a member of the Norwalk Lions Club, the Shakespeare Club, Huron County Retired Teachers Association, the Ohio Educators Association, the National Educators Association, the Norwalk Teachers Association, was a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 64 F. & A.M., and the Shoestring Players. He delivered meals on wheels, was a 20-plus gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross, and taught piano lessons in his home. Howard enjoyed fishing, traveling, music, caning and rushing chair seats, and working with stained glass. He also enjoyed gardening, canning and freezing vegetables, flower gardening and arranging flowers, refinishing wood furniture, collecting antiques, daily jumble and crossword puzzles, feeding and watching the birds, making and eating ice cream, and especially enjoyed family gatherings. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, teacher, and was a wonderful and kind neighbor.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Norwalk First United Methodist Church, 66 W. Main St., Norwalk, with the Rev. Gary Streiff officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Norwalk First United Methodist Church Memorial Committee or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky.
Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.