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November 22, 2013

Robert ‘Bobby Joe’ Wheeler

VENICE, Fla. — Robert “Bobby Joe” Wheeler, 70, formally of Clinton, Ind., passed away peacefully at his home in Venice, Fla., on Nov. 18, 2013. He was born June 4, 1943, in Vermillion County, Ind., to Russell and Edna Wheeler.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorena Wheeler; his three children, Angelia Thompson, Deanna Wheeler and Stacey (Bob) Bennett; three stepchildren, Kelli (John) Bielanski, Andrea Sperando and Tim Schaffer; one sister, Georgia Lynn (Pat) Southwood; two sisters-in-law, Beverley Wheeler and Carol Wheeler; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Edna (Brockmier) Wheeler; his brothers, Jack Wheeler, Ernie Wheeler, Bill Wheeler, Don Wheeler and Gerald Wheeler; and four sisters, Nancy Uselman, Geraldine Wheeler, Lois Wheeler and Jona Wheeler.

He proudly served in the United States Army. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad and retired from Metra Rail. He enjoyed boating, camping and fishing. Most of all he loved to sing and make others laugh.

A celebration of life service will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at VFW Post 972 in Terre Haute, Ind.

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