My Uncle Wheeler passed away this past Monday. He was a WONDERFUL, FUN, GREAT man and he will be missed, but I know that he is now with his son who passed away several years ago and that while no longer with us here, he is doing a great work on the other side! Here follows his obituary:
E. WHEELER OLIPHANT
E. Wheeler Oliphant 1931 ~ 2009 Everett Wheeler Oliphant, 78, passed away Monday, October 12, 2009, of natural causes.Wheeler was born October 5, 1931 to John Arden and Lucile Peck Gold Oliphant in Salt Lake City, UT. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Jeanne Lake, July 23, 1951. The couple just celebrated 58 years together, "on the way to eternity." Wheeler sold thread, buttons and zippers to manufacturers. He was also an entrepreneur who started, grew and sold several other businesses; an author, also known for his letters to the editor; and Korean War Army veteran. He loved to cook, especially for his family and friends at the annual deer hunt. Wheeler served as an ordinance worker at the Salt Lake Temple for 12 years, and together he and Carole served a mission to the Salt Lake Central City mission. In addition to his wife and seven children, his love was his property at Hanna, UT. He felt his children and grandchildren's testimonies would increase by spending time together in the beauty of that place. Wheeler was known for his generosity and many, many have known his kindnesses. He is survived by his wife; children: Karen (Brig) LeSueur, Idaho Falls, ID; Neil, Stan (Lori), Salt Lake City; Arden, St. George; Brent (Lisa), Doug (SueAnne), Salt Lake City; 28 grandchildren (three currently serving LDS missions); and 16 great-grand-children. He is preceded in death by his son, Blair. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 17, 2009, 1:30 p.m. at the LDS Church, on the corner of 3900 South 2000 East. Friends and family are invited to a viewing Friday, October 16, 2009, 6-7:30 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Rd. and Saturday at the church, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.