OBITUARY - PAUL WHEELER
Paul WHEELER, age 83, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died December 20, 2001 in Sioux Falls.
He was born August 1, 1918, in Kellerton, Iowa, to William and Ida Mae (COLLINGS) WHEELER. Following his high school
graduation at Kellerton in 1935, he attended Iowa Barber College and Creston Junior College. Paul worked at his father's
barbershop and subsequently became an independent barber.
He married Evelyn COLLINGS on July 21, 1940, in Creston, Iowa. Paul continued to work as a barber for a period of time
before becoming employed as a railroad fireman for CB&Q Railroad.
In 1954, the family moved to Sioux Falls. He then became a sales manager for Prudential Insurance Company, where he was
a recipient of numerous company awards and citations. He retired in 1982, after 32 years.
Evelyn preceded Paul in death on May 30, 1993.
He began his Masonic career in Creston in 1947. He joined Unity Lodge #130 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1988. He was
a member of Scottish Rite and the El Riad Shrine. He was invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the
Court of Honour in the Scottish Rite in August of this year. He was past president of the Iowa-South Dakota Association of
High Twelve and its immediate past international president. He belonged to the El Riad Chanters and the Roadrunner units.
An avid sports fan, Paul loved the game of baseball. In his free time, he enjoyed gardening and particularly liked
planting and caring for his roses.
Paul was a true gentleman. Those who knew him best will recall his steadfast will, his never-ending positive attitude
and his deep commitment to those less fortunate.
Grateful for having shared his life are his son, Troy WHEELER and his wife Roxanne of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren,
William WHEELER and Stefanie WHEELER of Sioux Falls; and a special friend, Joan OWENS.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at First United Methodist Church, Sioux Falls.
Memorials may be directed to Scottish Rite Foundation or the Shriner's Hospital.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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