Chris Wheeler was born in 1928 and passed away February 6, 2005.
Chris was raised in Washington State where he graduated from Elma High School in 1947 and then served two terms in the U.S. Marine Corp.
He married Dorothy Marshall in 1951 and they had four children.
In 1970 Chris and his family immigrated to Quesnel where he went to work as a carpenter with Tom Dunlop, who became a lifelong friend. Chris worked at his trade, both in Quesnel and out of town, until he retired.
The four children completed their high school education in Quesnel. Dan went on to become an avionics technician and worked in B.C. and Alberta before returning to the U.S. Then he worked in Hawaii, Washington and Oregon, where he and his wife (Claudia) live. Wendy married and moved to Kelowna where she raised three children and made use of her many talents in her work. Julie went to college in Prince George and then went on to be the court house librarian in Prince George. Chris spent one summer building a beautiful home in the country for Julie and her husband ( Bruce), and their two beautiful girls, adopted from China. Jackie graduated from Fairview College in Alberta and worked as an animal health care technician until she made a career change and became an RCMP officer. She has worked in Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and is now posted in Glaslyn, Sask. with her family (Norm) and their two sons.
In 1996 Chris and Dorothy moved to Beaverlodge, Alberta, where Jackie was posted at that time, to help look after the two small grandsons.
On February 6, 2005, Chris died suddenly at home in Beaverlodge.
He is survived by his loving wife, his four children, nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a sister in Washington State.
My family and I wish to express our appreciation for the cards and call that came from our friends in Quesnel. A special thanks to Nel Dunlop for the beautiful flowers. Good friends are always there, in the good times and the most difficult times.