November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 11:00am Skillman, McDonald & Vernon Funeral Home
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 2 - 4pm & 6 - 8pm
Shirley Lou Wheeler loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister of Cable Ohio, passed away after a short illness. She was born September 29, 1936 in North Lewisburg the daughter of Bennett and Leah (Stewart) Erwin the oldest of eight children. The family moved to Detroit MI for a time before settling in Mechanicsburg Ohio.
She was a 1955 graduate of Mechanicsburg High School. She married Donald J. Wheeler on December 3, 1955, they have four children. Shirley was a former employee of Grimes Mfg. in Urbana, Rockwell International in Bellefontaine and retired from Wal Mart in Urbana. Most recently she was employed by the Catawba Store. As her children grew she spent time as a Blue Bird advisor, a Boy Scout Den Mother, and a 4-H advisor helping to teach other young ladies her love of sewing. She spent many years baking birthday, graduation and wedding cakes for friends and family. Her first love was sewing and she was an exceptional seamstress. Over the many years she made countless outfits for her children, grand children and great grand children. Her daughters and many of her nieces and granddaughters have been thankful to have worn a wedding dress that she spent hours of love sewing.
Shirley will leave her treasured friends from her dominos club and the Mechanicsburg Class of ’55 and the We are Sisters at Heart chapter of the Red Hat society.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, her children Donald (MaryAnn) Wheeler of Cable, Debi (Ron) Bair of St. Paris, John (Marsha) Wheeler of Springfield and Jayne (John) Woodruff of Terre Haute. Grand-children Dan (Melissa) Bair of Cable, Randy (Sara) Bair and Stacy Bair of St. Paris, Julie Wheeler of Syracuse NY, Christina (Tim) Allman of Columbus, Mike Wheeler, April Woodruff, John (Casie) Woodruff, John (Nikita) Wheeler, Billy Wheeler, Becky Wheeler and Hannah Wheeler all of Springfield. Great grandchildren Beth, CJ and Donovan Woodruff, Abigail and Jesse Wheeler all of Springfield, Samantha and Camdon Bair of Cable, Emma and Amelia Bair of St Paris and Corban Allman of Columbus. Sisters Patricia Paul of Catawba, Mildred Stokes of Urbana, Becky (Harold) Blanton of Urbana, Donnah (Bob) Hensley of Mechanicsburg, Vicki (Craig) Goltzene of Springfield. Brothers, her twin Jack (Joyce) Erwin of Marysville, Richard (Becky) Erwin of St. Paris. A sister-in-love Janet Wheeler of Catawba. Brother in laws Robert Wheeler of Catawba, Ronald (Geri) Wheeler of London. Sister in laws Geneva Hickman of Springfield and Ann VanHoose of Cable and several nieces and nephews. Special friends Tammy Schwarz. She is preceded in death by her parents Bennett and Leah Erwin and her mother and father in law Ray and Emma Wheeler, brother in laws Loren Stokes, Homer Hickman, Hansel VanHoose, Kenneth Wheeler, niece Jean VanHoose and a nephew Jeff Erwin.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home Mechanicsburg. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 in the funeral home with the Pastor Larry Messick officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Mutual. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, Ohio 43078. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.