Richard K. Wheeler

  • Born: June 19, 1932
  • Died: March 10, 2020
  • Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Cremation Society of New Hampshire

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard "Bubba/Grampa" K. Wheeler

Manchester- Richard "Bubba" K. Wheeler of Manchester passed away despite the valiant efforts of numerous surgeons at DHMC, on March 10, 2020.

Born in Bennington, NH on June 19, 1932, he was the son of Ethel and Horace "Ed" Wheeler.

A graduate of Peterborough High School, he joined the Army National Guard and served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 as a Staff Sgt. Bubba was a member and past president of The Cheney-Armstrong Legion Post #5. He worked 38 years as a member of the I.B.E.W. for New England Telephone and Telegraph/NYEX. Bubba was a past member of the Francestown Volunteer Fire Department and served at Crotched Mt. Ski Area as a member of the National Ski Patrol for over 20 years.

Family members include his wife of 68 years, Theo (Hardwick) Wheeler; his four children, Sandra Whipple and husband Stephen of New Boston, Richard K. Wheeler, Jr. and wife Debbie of Manchester, Nancy Jones and husband Frank of Francestown, and Randall Wheeler and wife Kim of Francestown; his nine grandchildren, Sarah Silveira, Erin DiBello, Mary Wheeler, Angela Jones, Amanda Baier, Heidi Jones, Nicole Wheeler, Alyson Callahan, and Parker Wheeler; 4 great-grandchildren, Josh Silveira, Alana Wheeler, Emerson Baier and Easton "Teddy" Baier; sister Janet MacQuarrie of Kensington, NH, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Donald Wheeler and sister Pauline Mazza.

Bubba was a friend to all and will be remembered fondly for his stunning Christmas Eve luminaries. He was an extremely curious lifelong learner and fixer of all things. He loved reading, basketweaving, hunting and fishing and was proud of his Scottish heritage. Bubba devoted hours to playing bagpipes and baking rounds of shortbread. A passionate adventure seeker, he enjoyed skiing, ziplining, boating, water skiing, parasailing, indoor-sky diving, white water rafting, camping, badminton, boogie boarding, and ultralighting, well into his 80s.

Bubba's proudest accomplishments were supporting, cheering and sharing stories of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who will always remember him as "Wonderbub".

Services: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

Condolence & Memory Journal


Dick Wheeler you were one of the best. Fly high.

Posted by Dick Hartwell - Stuart, FL   March 23, 2020

To Theo and family, we send our deepest condolences. We are so very sorry for your loss. We go way back to the mid-50's with the Telephone Company. We had lots of fun at the Christmas parties, house parties in Peterborough..and just visiting. He was a great guy to know. May he now Rest In Peace. Sending our love to the family. Dick & Lois Hartwell of Stuart, Fl. formally of Jaffre, NH

Posted by A friend   March 23, 2020

To the Wheeler family, sending condolences and prayers to all. Always nice to run into Dick as he was always glad to see us, always a friendly smile. Our best to you Theo.

Posted by Ron and Jane Bowman - Peterborough, NH - Family Friend   March 20, 2020

A voice from the past. We had a lot of good times. Our condolences to the family. We would be there at the cemetery.

Posted by Dick Masters - Thornton, NH   March 17, 2020

To the Wheeler family, sorry for your loss. Many memories at Crotched Mtn.

Posted by Seitz Family    March 17, 2020

The "Sonny and Dot Hardwick side of the family" want the Wheeler family to know how precious we hold our memories of togetherness with all of you. Ties of our rich heritage and special cousin friendships that were formed will not be forgotten. The nurturing into adulthood and parenthood and the sense of humor that was passed on to the next generation and the many treasured family reunion gatherings over the decades were all in part due to our elders like Dick who truly took time for family and made a point to show us love. We miss the "trick or treat" visits at Halloween and many other special times with Uncle Dick and Aunt Theo. You touched so many of our lives! We are all so blessed to have known Dick, we will rejoice that we have such fond memories.
God bless you!

Posted by The Hardwick's - NH   March 15, 2020

I worked with Dick for many years. He was a kind man.I would see him in the summer I live in York Me. Dick was a good man ! You will be missed my friend ! .

Posted by Michael Watts - York, ME   March 15, 2020

Mr. Wheeler, Thank you for your service RDM Windham NH

Posted by A friend   March 14, 2020

So Sorry to hear of Bubbas passing! Love and hugs to Theo as well as all of the Wheeler family -

Posted by Jeff and - Friend   March 13, 2020

Rick, Debbie & family. So very sorry to learn of this loss and our sympathies to all of you. Cherish your memories made with him and of him, and he will have never really left you.

Posted by Jim & Margaret Gaudet    March 13, 2020

My families thoughts and prays are with your family at this time. time.time. Bubba\Grampa Wheeler definitely lived a life that most of us wish we lived. Everyday was another adventure, and if it were a thrill, all the better! That is they to do it right! Our sympathy and prays to all.
Steve & Celeste Murphy

Posted by Steve Murphy - weare, NH   March 13, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Im sure that he will see my dad, Al Van Cleave on the other side, they can exchange Francestown Fire Dept stories!

Posted by Cindy Van - Friend   March 12, 2020

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