Delwyn Roche Wheeler Jr.
Delwyn Roche Wheeler Jr., 75, passed was a bear. away August 4, 2016. He began his life Dad was a May 24, 1941, on a small farm in the true gentleman Blackfoot area of Idaho, the oldest of 11 in every way. He children, born to Delwyn Roche Wheeler abhorred swear Sr. and Mary Caroline Hill. Del learned to words, but we work early on and even drove the family still knew he farm truck when he was just 5 years old was upset if he by sitting on two Montgomery Ward catalogs said “Turkey” because they couldn’t afford a hired or, worst of all, man. “Turkey Outfit.”
Growing up, Del spent most of his Family was time hauling hay, weeding, moving pipe everything to and chopping sugar beets. He enjoyed it him and he so much that he made sure he got into a leaves behind different profession later in life (master’s his wife, Anna Lenora Knight Wheeler, degree in electrical engineering working and children Kimberly Schwarze (Ed), at IBM and StorageTek). He also developed Mark Wheeler, Allyson Haynie (Derek), a great love of music, particularly Janae Cull (Ted), Caroline Judd (Kevin) the piano, which continues to positively and Mike Wheeler (Tiffany) as well as 17 influence many generations. grandchildren. We’re especially grateful
At 19, with barely enough money, Del that in the last three weeks of his life, all of ventured out to the central states on an his children were able to spend time with LDS mission where at one time he reluctantly him and he was even able to attend the became the unofficial Relief Society wedding of his oldest grandson (Deson) at president until they were able call one. the Payson LDS Temple.
Just one day after returning home from Finally, surrounded by his wife, all four his mission, he was borrowing a typewriter daughters and his youngest son, he slipped at a kitchen table in a girl’s apartment peacefully into eternity Thursday morning, when in walked a pretty blonde named August 4. Anna Knight. Anna said she woke up to Funeral services were held Saturday, find “this good looking guy” sitting at August 13, at 11 a.m. at the Santaquin their kitchen table, offered to cook him Downtown LDS Church, 90 S. 200 East. breakfast and has been cooking for him Interment was in the Santaquin City Cemetery. ever since. Eleven months later, they were Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary. married in the Idaho Falls LDS Templecom. and would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary August 20.
When at home, you could usually find Dad with his nose in a good western or sci-fi novel or listening to classical music in his den. But most of all, he loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could with his family camping, fishing, hunting or just being together. We’ll always cherish these memories with Dad, except for maybe the elk and deer hanging in the garage with their tongues sticking out or the time we were camping and his snoring scared us because we thought it
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