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Robert Ralph Wheeler's Obituary
Robert (Bob) Ralph Wheeler passed away peacefully on February 20,
2022, at the age of 93. Bob was born on December 12, 1928 in
Inglewood, CA to Ralph and Violet Wheeler. He had one sister,
Jeanette (Jean) Crume of Rogue River, OR. Bob grew up going to the
Graham Nazarene Church in Los Angeles, CA where he met
Elizabeth (Betty) Boal at the age of 15. They were very involved with their youth group and had many of those friends throughout their lives. Bob's father had a stroke when he was 17 years old. He had to quit school and go to work to help support the family. With determination to finish, he attended night school to complete his high school diploma, while working for his Uncle Ray Wheeler at the family sheet metal shop.
On March 19, 1949, He married Elizabeth (Betty) Boal. During their time together, he opened his own business, RW Mfg Company, in 1956, which he later sold to some of the current employees in the early 90's. He studied to gain his pilot's license and bought a twin engine plane to help with travel as the business expanded throughout the United States.
In 1978 they moved their home residence to Grants Pass, Oregon.
Then in 1993, they began splitting their time between Oregon and Arizona. They eventually moved from Grants Pass to Medford, Oregon in 2003.
After 62 wonderful years of marriage, Betty preceded Bob in death on February 26, 2011. Bob is survived by their three children, Cynthia
(Larry) Boswell of Grants Pass, OR; Linda (Rick) Layton of
Sacramento, CA and Robert (Bob) Ralph Wheeler Il of Central Point, OR along with nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
He went on to meet Annita Dancer and God blessed him with a second love. They married on August 11, 2012 and were able to share
9 1/2 loving years together in Medford, OR until Bob's recent passing. He is also survived by his current wife, Annita Marian Wheeler, his four step-children, John (Kelly) Dancer, Paul (Yeong-Ju; Jane) Dancer, Debbie Wood and Elizabeth (Liz) Dancer, 9 step-grandchildren, and 4 step-great grandchildren, all of whom he loved very much.
Bob's love for Jesus Christ as his personal Savior was reflected in his ever present smile, his overwhelming generosity towards others and his commitment to pray for all of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren daily.
He enjoyed travel, reading, puzzles and most importantly spending time with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Services will be held on Monday, February 28th, 2022 at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, OR. The viewing is at 1 pm and funeral at 2 pm, with a graveside service and reception immediately following.
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