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Richard K. Wheeler

Obituary for Richard K. Wheeler

June 19, 1932 - March 10, 2020
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 87

Obituary

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 HonorFlightNewEngland.org

Services Pending. Please check back for further information.


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