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Harold Wheeler

Postby Big Dog » Sun Oct 09, 2005 10:49 pm

Published in The Times from 10/6/2005 - 10/7/2005.

Harold L.Wheeler Crown Point Harold L. Wheeler, age 79, a lifelong resident of Crown Point, IN passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marty; three children: Jennifer Doffin of Crown Point, Sara (Mike) Beaver of Indianapolis, IN and Christopher L. Wheeler of Crown Point; five grandchildren: Jason Wheeler, Angel Doffin, Megan (Ryan) Greulich, Marisa and Jon Wheeler; nephews: Charlie, Henry and James Wheeler, John Ward Wheeler II. He was preceded in death by parents: John W. and Ruth Wheeler; brothers: John and Hank Wheeler. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 11:00 AM at the Old Lake County Courthouse Rotunda with John P. Starr officiating. Interment will be at Historical City of Crown Point Maplewood Cemetery. Friends may call at the Geisen Funeral Home 109 N. East St. Crown Point on Friday, October 7, 2005 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and on Saturday, October 8th 1 hour prior to the service at the Courthouse. Mr. Wheeler was the Great-Great-Great Grandson of Solon Robinson, Founder of Crown Point. Great-Great Grandson of Col. John Wheeler, killed at Gettysburg; Great-Grandson of John J. Wheeler Founder, Editor and Publisher of THE LAKE COUNTY STAR & Civil War Veteran; Grandson of Harold H. Wheeler, first mayor of Crown Point; Son of Col. John W. Wheeler, citizen, soldier and builder of the Alaskan Canadian Highway. He graduated from Crown Point High School, the University of West Virginia and Purdue University. He was a member of the first Crown Point Community School Board and served for 16 years. Harold was a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser as well as a Cattle Buyer, Farmer and Banker. Harold's civic involvement included member and former President of Rotary; Center Township Advisory Board; Veteran of WWII; Member of V.F.W. Crown Point Memorial Post #6446; 60 year member of the American Legion, YMCA President, Real Estate Board President, Independent Fee Appraiser President, St. Anthony Medical Center Board, Crown Point Community Foundation founder and member. The family would appreciate memorials to be given to the Crown Point Community Foundation. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit the guest book section on the obituary page at www.geisenfuneralhome.com

NWI Times 10/10/05:

CROWN POINT | At the historical heart of the community where Harold Wheeler was so active, friends, family and fellow residents paid their final respects Saturday during a funeral service in the Old Lake County Courthouse.

Although he was the great-great-great-grandson of the city founder Solan Robinson, that was far from Wheeler's only stake in the city and its history.

Wheeler, 79, was a community leader who helped found the Crown Point Community Foundation in 1990 and was a member of Crown Point's first Community School Board, serving in that capacity for 16 years.

Several city officials, including Mayor Dan Klein, attended the funeral. All seats were filled, and many others stood, holding on to each other and clutching tissues.

Friends remembered Wheeler as loyal, generous, loving and above all else, a man with a sense of humor.

Crown Point resident Jack Larsen stood quietly in the balcony looking down on his longtime friend with whom he attended Crown Point High School.

Larsen, who owned Grit Iron Tap, which was located on the square several years ago, said Wheeler was a man who always made him smile.

"He was always a pleasure to talk to, and I enjoyed his company very much," Larsen said.

Larsen said during a high school reunion one year, Wheeler announced he would have a picnic and everyone was invited. He pointed at Larsen, and gave him specific instructions to dress in his tuxedo.

"We were having a lot of fun," Larsen said.

When it came time for the picnic, Larsen followed Wheeler's orders.

"That's the way I went," Larsen said, adding that his formal attire was complete with a bow tie and white shirt. Since it was a picnic, he also wore his baseball cap and tennis shoes.

Larsen said when Wheeler saw his outfit, he was delighted.

"He seen that, and he just rolled over -- he laughed so hard," Larsen said. "He was always laughing and kidding. I like people like him."

Wheeler, a World War II veteran, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6446 and 60-year member of the American Legion, was buried next to Solan Robinson in Maplewood Cemetery.

Wheeler served as president of the Crown Point Rotary, former president of the Hub YMCA, and was also a real estate broker, appraiser, farmer and banker.
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