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Thomas Chatfield Wheeler, 69

Thomas Chatfield Wheeler, 69, of Park Rapids died of congestive heart failure Monday, July 7, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo. He was born Dec. 28, 1938 in Paris, KY to Frederick and Doris (Sampson) Wheeler. As a small boy his parents moved to Om...

Thomas Chatfield Wheeler, 69, of Park Rapids died of congestive heart failure Monday, July 7, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo.

He was born Dec. 28, 1938 in Paris, KY to Frederick and Doris (Sampson) Wheeler. As a small boy his parents moved to Omaha, where he attended public schools, graduating from the Tech High School in Omaha with the Class of 1957.

He married Patricia Belk Oct. 4, 1958. For 18 years he worked as a sales representative for the Ralston-Purina Co. covering a multi-state territory. Later, he worked for the Kraft Food Co. where he serviced grocery stores throughout northern Minnesota.

On Sept. 30, 1989, he married Barbara Wilkes in Park Rapids. They have made their home in Park Rapids since.

Surviving are his wife; five children, Leslie (Kenny) Stutzman of Omaha, Steven (Leeann) of the US Navy stationed in Guam, Scott (Roberta) of Medina, Amy (Carl) Snodgrass of Lewisville, NE and Thomas Jr. (Michelle) of Firth, NE; three step-children, Lisa (John) Wilkes-Barber of Placerville, CA, Karen (Rob) Nudell of Buffalo and Russell (Stephanie) Wilkes of Bluffdale, UT; two brothers, Phillip of Lake Mary, FL and David of Decatur, TX; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Fred.

Funeral: Friday, July 11 at Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids with Rev. Russ Paulson officiating.

Honorary casket bearers: Delmer Hacker, John Barber, Rob Nudell, Keith Krogen, Darrel Gruis and Earl Chevalier.

Casket bearers: Thomas Jr., Steve and Scott Wheeler, Carl Snodgrass, Kenny Stuzman and Russell Wilkes.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.

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