John “Jack” Winfred Wheeler, 100, of Belleville, IL, born Sunday, September 4, 1921, in Coulterville, IL, passing away celebrating his 100th birthday on earth and in Heaven, on Saturday, September 4, 2021; at his residence in Belleville, IL, surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was the owner and operator of Wheeler Refrigeration and retired from Union Electric in 1979. He was a member of Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene and was the church treasurer for 70 years. He served in the U. S. Air Force in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Son: John “Dale” Wheeler
- Parents: Ernie Winfred and Lucille, nee Sisk,Wheeler
- Brother: David Gene Wheeler
He is survived by is his:
- Wife of 79 years: Hazel Lorene, nee Rees, Wheeler of Belleville, IL
- Daughter: Patricia L. (Larry G.) Simpson of Belleville, IL
- Sister: Mary Ruth Bierman of Sparta, IL.
Memorials: Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, 8201 Old St. Louis Road, Belleville, IL 62223.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, and from 9:30 -10:30 am on Monday September 20, 2021.
Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday September 20, 2021 at Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Russell Brewer officiating. Interment will follow at Tilden City Cemetery, Tilden, IL.
Thank you Jack, with out you I wouldn’t have continued my journey with Jesus! You loved me and taught me… Myself and family will forever be grateful ?
I know you are with Our Father and I can’t wait to see you again and work in the garden of your mansion in Heaven ?
RIP Jack. The best Godparent a fellow could ever have.
With love, your Godson,
Thank you Jack for showing us how to live a Christian life. You were a mentor to me when I was a teenager. Your smile and friendly approach to everyone showed me what a Christ like life looks like. I am blessed we found each other after so many years apart. My pray is that God will stregthen and encourage Lorene and Pat as we wait for that glorious reunion when we meet again.
Our favorite memory is sitting in Pat & Larry’s dining room with “Jack” having enjoyable conversation over a good cup of coffee with a delicious dessert!! “Jack” was a gentle man and an inspiration.
Rest in Peace………………………Friend
Thanks Jack for showing us how much you love your wife and family and church family. And thanks for serving for our country. I know you are up there with our LORD JESUS CHRIST. We will miss you dearly
Jack was a faithful man, never unwavering in his faith, a true example of a man of God. He loved his wife and lifetime partner Lorene, children Dale, Pat, and Larry, family, church, friends, and neighbors. Jack was a witty and wise man who always provided sound advice. With expecting nothing in return, he used his knowledge and skill to help others. I recall one late night not too long ago we called Jack for advice when our furnace stopped working. It was a cold winter night and nothing we could say stopped him from coming to fix it. He was a man’s man through his life end. I will forever remember his last smile hours before his journey to heaven. Heaven’s gain is our loss, for now, but not for eternity!
Jack, you were one of the most awesome people that I’ve ever known!! You were a true man of God and a gentleman!! You always took the time to help others when they needed it!! Your advice was truly words that could be used as a life lesson!! Thank you Jack Wheeler for being who you were!! I’ll see your again someday!!!
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Jack was such a nice man. He came and helped my Dad so many times at the cleaners over the years. He would drop everything to help him. He was such a kind and carrying person. May God illuminate his soul. From, Jim, Tamara Cluck and Diana Petrosian