Gilbert Wheeler Obituary

Gilbert A. Wheeler
Gilbert A. Wheeler
Gilbert A. Wheeler

November 18, 1920 - January 9, 2007
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Gilbert (Gil) Wheeler, 86, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston due to complications following a stroke. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 13, at 1:00 pm at the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Pkwy. in West Des Moines. Visitation with Gilbert's family will be Friday, January 12 from 1-3pm and 6-8pm at Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road in Des Moines.

Gilbert was born on November 18, 1920 in Des Moines. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp 22nd Marine 6th Division 3rd Amphibious Core in the South & Central Pacific and was involved in many battles including Guadalcanal and Eniwetok Atoll.

He retired in 1986 from Bankers Life Insurance Company where he was a Carpenter Shop Foreman for 25 years. Gilbert was a member of the West Des Moines Christian Church, Carpenters Local #106, VFW Post #9127, Great Hobby Adventure Model Club and Mid Iowa Woodcarvers.

Gilbert enjoyed spending many hours with his grandsons. He enjoyed going to the Iowa State Fair. His hobbies included woodcarving, building bi-plane models, painting ceramics, growing roses and tomatoes.

Gilbert is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Phyllis Wheeler;
children: Larry (Ann) Wheeler and Jan (Randy) Stewart; four grandsons Ryan Stewart, Brett Stewart, Matt Wheeler, Marc Wheeler.

Memorial contributions in honor of Gilbert may be made to the West Des Moines Christian Church or the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, January 12, 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 George Mills Parkway
West Des Moines, IA US
Saturday, January 13, 2007
1:00 PM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, January 13, 2007


West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 George Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
825 College Blvd., Ste. 102, PMB 609
Oceanside, CA US 92057