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September 30, 1933 ~ October 5, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Delbert Eugene “Gene” Wheeler passed peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 5, 2023, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90.
Gene was born on September 30, 1933 in Pontiac Michigan, the 3rd child of Paul and Ester Wheeler, where they lived with his two older sisters until joining the US Navy from 1955 to 1957. Stationed in Alameda California, he served a peacetime deployment to Turkey, working as a naval photographer. In the late 1960’s he began his career in ship design on the Gulf Coast and met his beloved wife, Ellen, of almost 40 years. They established permanent roots in Gautier, MS where he worked for Ingall’s Shipbuilding until his retirement in 1993. Taking full advantage of his nearly 30 years of retirement, Gene enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, including visiting Denmark, Caribbean and Alaskan cruises, and a tour of southern Europe. He was also an avid golfer with his golfing group at Hickory Hills Country Club for many years, and most recently, a founding member of the Lazy Turtle Club (affectionately known as the LTC).
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife Ellen Wheeler, siblings Phyllis Cecil and Deloris Demino. He is survived by three children: Erik Wheeler, Susan Wheeler, and Vivian Stooke; two grandchildren, Bronte and Jude Stooke and extended family; the Lazy Turtle Club. He was blessed to live independently until the end, and we were lucky to have him in our lives.
At his request, no formal services will be held. Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com