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Richard Wheeldon, Sr.

Richard Wheeldon, Sr.

June 9th, 1931 - September 23rd, 2011

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Richard Wheeldon, Sr., 80, of Afton, died Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Afton Care Center in Afton.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the United Methodist Church, Lorimor. A visitation will be held from 1 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Ochiltree Funeral Service, Winterset, where the family will be present to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.. Burial will be in the Lorimor Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family. On-line condolences may be directed to the family at www.ochiltree.com
Richard Wheeldon began life on this earth on June 9, 1931 at a house in Earlham, the son of Morris Herschel and Opal Naomi (Sheets) Wheeldon. He was the sixth of ten children growing up in rural Madison and Dallas Counties. Richard graduated from Earlham High School in 1949 followed by enlistment in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1949 to 1952 as a Heavy Equipment Service Technician/Operator. Upon returning from the service, he began working for Harris & Sons Construction in Earlham as a heavy equipment operator. During this time while living in Stuart, Richard met MaryLou Highland. The couple began dating and started their 47 years of marriage on August 14, 1954. The union was blessed with two children Cheryl Jean and Richard, Jr. Making their home in Earlham, Richard continued working for Harris & Sons Construction for an additional 16 years until 1968 when he established his own company, Wheeldon & Son Construction. Richard had a love of the land and worked throughout Madison, Dallas, Guthrie, Union, Adair Counties and beyond, doing all types of soil conservation work. His greatest pride was in a job well done, a characteristic he instilled in his children that a job worth doing was worth doing right and the best you can. While in Earlham, Richard served as a member of the City Council. He was a member of Land Improvement Contractors of America (LICA) and served as an officer on the board of directors for central Iowa. In 1983, Richard and MaryLou moved from Earlham to Lorimor where Richard could be closer to his second love, farming. Helping out on his son-in-law and daughter’s farm was his idea of relaxing from the toils of work. Besides that, it kept him closer to his grandkids, which he enjoyed spending time with. Richard continued working in the construction business even to the day he suffered a stroke in November 2001, which left him with limited use of his left side. He and MaryLou enjoyed 47 years and 3 days of marriage when her death in August of 2002 left him without his partner in life. Richard, determined as he was, continued to live at home alone for the next six years until he moved to the Afton Care Center and made that his home for his final four years. Richard is survived by his children, Cheryl (Tim) Erickson of Lorimor and Richard (Irene) Wheeldon, Jr. of Martensdale; five grandchildren, Candace (Jeremy) Kerrigan, Lindsay (Carl) Eklund, Matthew (Debbie) Erickson, Nathan (Tiffany) Wheeldon and Kenna (Randy) Willey and eight great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marie (Henry) Jay, Jean (Bob) Boots, Mary Travis, and Ellen Thompson, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, MaryLou; parents; three brothers, Donald (at birth), Ralph and Bobby; and two sisters, Dorothy and Betty.

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Name Richard Wheeldon, Sr.
Date of Birth June 9th, 1931
Date of Death September 23rd, 2011
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Location 1823 North John Wayne Drive
Winterset IA 50273
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Don And Velma Reese published condolence .

Rich and Irene, My brother, James, sent us an e mail that your Dad had passed away, Rich, we didn't know your parents but know he was well respected by his friends, neighbors, and business friends. He did well after his stroke, it was a blessing for him and your Mom. Don had his stroke in 1998 and was 80 in February, and thankfully still at home. God bless you all with wonderful memories of your parents.

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Ellis And Winifred Standing published condolence .

Our sympathy to all of you family at the passing of your father. Years ago, Richard came into our lives, without our planning or asking and helped us in a big way that is still benefitting us today. It was a real serendipity! It was in 1977, a very dry year. Bear Creek was dry. Our old farm pond had silted in and completely dried up. Ellis was hauling water for the cattle from Earlham, dumping it into an old dry well and hand pumping it out as needed for the cattle. One day Ellis was doing an outside carpentry project for Jerry Kuehn when Richard came along and stopped to visit. He had just completed machine work for Ralph Stanley and decided to go on north to see the home where he had grown up. During this visit, Ellis told Richard about our need for livestock water. Richard said since he had his machinery in the area, he could do a little work on our pond for a small fee. He also knew there had been a government program to help rural people with pond improvement that might still be available. He started work on our pond right away. We did get some government funds so were able to hire Richard to do a complete renovation of the pond. He worked quickly and efficiently and left one evening, essentially done, but coming back in the morning to complete a few details and take his machinery. During the night it rained and rained and rained! Our "new" pond began to fill and our cattle have had a good source of water ever since! The timing of the whole project was perfect. We are continually thankful for Richard's job so well done. May your memories give you comfort through this lonely time. Ellis and Winifred Standing

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Karen Creager & Steve Barker published condolence .

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

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Marci Skarda published condolence .

Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.

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Dodie Thrailkill Davis published condolence .

Cheryl and Richard, I know today starts a long journey of saying good bye to your father. Mom and dad spent a lot of time with your folks. As did I at your home. We are unable to attend, as dad is in the hospital in North Kansas City and Larry's sister is having surgery today for cancer. My best wishes, thoughts and prayers to all the family. Dodie

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Wilma Perrin published condolence .

great memories of Richard - he and Bob always had a great time together -

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Gabriele Borrall And Family published condolence .

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Sammi Elliott published condolence .

I am so sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of you all.

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Diana Barnett published condolence .

Sorry to hear about Richard. Cheryl Peggy let us know. THinking about you in our prayers. No matter what it is hard to lose a parent as you already know. I pray the days to come will become easier. db

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Ivan Richert published condolence .

Rich, We are thinking of you and your family constantly. We pray that the Lord will help you and your family through this time and may his peace be upon your heart always. May god Bless, Ivan, Kristin & Christopher Richert

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Kathy Vaughn published condolence .

Rich: You and your family have our condolences. What a wonderful legacy your father left. God Bless and take care. Kathy

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Peggy (Hircock) Higgins published condolence .

cheryl and richy....wonderful memories are filling my thoughts today. "you" were my second family. as you know i spent 1/2 my HS years eating, laughing, teasing and sleeping at your place on plum street =) i so wish i could be there to hug and hold each others hands. i love you so much! we will hang on to the wonderful memories to carry us through! peggy (hircock) higgins

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Lorne & Pat Ruzicka published condolence .

Just rec'd a email from another Marine informing us of your Dad's passing. We met your parents at a Marine Reunion held in 1999 at MO. We were so pleased to have the opportunity to meet them both. Our thoughts an prayers are wih all your family. Lorne&Pat Ruzicka Belle Fourche SD

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Wes Day published condolence .

Rich, very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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