Earl Frederick Wheeler



Earl Frederick Wheeler, 83, was called to his heavenly home on January 28, 2017, after a valiant battle with cancer. His firm belief in God as his Lord and Savior gave him ultimate peace.
Earl was born to the late Raymond and Gladys Wheeler in Albany, New York on September 6, 1933. At an early age Earl gave his life to Jesus Christ, who was his lifelong support and guide. Over the course of his life, he served as a Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and as a Gideon. He was also affiliated with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NCCAA, and was a Board Member of Charleston Southern University.
Earl was blessed with a loving family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 61 years, Joan (VanBumble) Wheeler; his son David E. Wheeler of Poughkeepsie, New York; son Dr. Daniel F. Wheeler and his wife Carol of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; daughter Linda (Wheeler) Fick and husband Timothy of Bluffton, South Carolina; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a sister Ramona (Wheeler) Struthers of San Jose, California; and brothers Gary P. Wheeler of Campbell, California, and Richard Wheeler of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Earl graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1955. He then began his career at I.B.M. He was called into service of the U.S. Air Force where he served for 2 years in Mobile, Alabama leaving the service a Captain. He returned to I.B.M. where he worked until his retirement in 1993, retiring as Senior Vice President and General Manager.
Upon his retirement, Earl moved to The Low-Country where he lived for 23 years until his passing. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island where he taught the Walk With the King Sunday School Class, was a Deacon and Deacon Emeritus, and served on numerous committees and boards.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Hilton Head Island, 100 South Forest Beach Road, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928; Charleston Southern University, 9200 University Blvd, Charleston, South Carolina, 29406; or the Gideon’s International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee, 37214-0800.