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08/26/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Frank Wheeler

Frank Wheeler
(d. 23 Aug 2010)

Newport News High School Class of  @ 1950

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news to report this Thursday morning.    Frank Wheeler, Class of @ 1950, passed away in Newport News on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the age of 78. 

  Frank Wheeler


NEWPORT NEWS - Frank Wheeler passed away on Aug. 23, 2010, at the age of 78.

Frank graduated from Newport News High School, honorably served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Newport News Shipyard.

His daughter, Jan Smith, preceded him in death.

Frank is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Karen Calano and Gail Ricks (husband, Wendell); six grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Smith, Jordan and Courtney Ricks, and David and Joseph Calano; sisters, Evelyn Ladwig and Betty Vachris; and a brother, Raymond Wheeler.

The family wishes to thank the Hospice Community Care and their staff, and all the many family and friends that shared their thoughts and prayers.

The family will receive visitors at Amory Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at a later date. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from August 26 to August 27, 2010.
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August 24, 2010
Mrs. Wheeler, Karen and Gail, I am so sorry for your loss.
Terri (Slye) Marshall

~ Terri Marshall, Newport News, Virginia

August 24, 2010

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

~ Brenda Spangler Williams, Hampton, Virginia

August 24, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Lori Smith, Hampton, Virginia

August 24, 2010

I have only known most of you for a very short time, but in that time I have gotten to know you through Jenny. I met Mr. Wheeler about two months ago and he was the sweetest man. He took my hand and held it as he showed me his paintings and he told me about everyone of them. Mrs. Wheeler, please take comfort in knowing that the look of pure and unconditional Love that he had in his eyes and on his face when he spoke of you, is only the kind of look that most people dream of ever having. That look told of the Love he had for you and his family. I can't be with you all Friday night, but I will see you soon. Keeping all of you in prayers and close to heart.
~ Karen Bates, Newport News, Virginia  

August 24, 2010
The memories get sweeter as time helps heal the loss or your husband/dad. He is in a better place now and has set you free from worrying about him. I pray for you.
~ Nancy Houston, Newport News, Virginia

August 24, 2010
Frank was more than a neighbor for the past eighteen years. He was a family member, who was willing to share his skills and happy go lucky personality with everyone he met. We will truly miss his smiles, his warm welcome and the peppermint candy he would always share. We are sure he is doing the same things in the here after, at this moment. He made me realize what the saying meant, "He never met a stranger". The family has lost ,a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle. The community has lost someone who truly loved Gleneagles, as a resident, neighbor and true friend. May God Bless you all. We are here, whenever the need arise.
Durant and Gail Brown

August 24, 2010

Gail, Wendell & family - My sincere thoughts and condolences are with you and your family. Johnise Nuttycombe
~ Johnise Nuttycombe, Newport News, Virginia

August 24, 2010

I am a co-worker and friend of Gail and I just want you to know that I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. Remember that God is your source and He will get you through your time of need. God chose an angel on Monday. Take comfort in knowing that. Be blessed, Wheeler family!!!
~ Fatima Green-Stephenson, Hampton, Virginia

August 25, 2010

   May God's grace give you comfort at this time. We Love you and our prayers are being lifted for you all.

~ Esther Hill, Newport News, Virginia

August 25, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during your time of loss.
Nancy and Stewart Rodgers (old East End friends)

Nancy and Stewart Rodgers


August 26, 2010

Elizabeth, Karen and Gail, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Frank was someone I always looked up to and respected. You all were like family to me when I was young and a long way from home. I'll never forget that. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Again, Sorry.

Pat Bosley, Salisbury, Pennsylvania


August 25, 2010

Elizabeth, Karen, Gail, You had a wonderful Husband and you girls had a wonderful dad....most families dream of having a man like him. He will forever be in your memories and as you think of him, he will bring a smile to your face with all those wonderful times you guys shared as not only family but as others friendship. Pennington family has your family in thoughts and prayers........

~ Jean Browning, Hampton, Virginia

August 25, 2010

  I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Wheeler's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers as I know he is in a better place. I will always remember his getting a big charge out of passing us time after time on the track at the wellness center. Hope to see you soon.

Judy Buchanan, Newport News, Virginia

August 25, 2010

Elizabeth and Girls - We were so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We have many fond memories of the years we lived next door to you. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers-if there is anything we can do for any of you please let us know.
Paulette&Bob Hudgins

Paulette and Bob Hudgins

August 26, 2010

My Wheeler Cousins, we have suffered much loss in our families over the past year, please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I will fondly remember that wonderful Smile of Frank's that I saw the last time our paths crossed.

August 26, 2010

Granddad always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face when he spoke of you. You truly were his soul mate. We all hope for a love that is as unconditional as yours. He truly was the greatest man I knew and I will miss him dearly. We are all so blessed to have him in our lives and we will continue his legacy by aspiring to be like him in everything we do. I love you.

~ Jennifer Smith, Newport News, Virginia

August 26, 2010

Dear Elizabeth and family, so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. My deepest sympathy is with you. I am unable to be at the visitation on Friday due to my husband's illness but my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your schoolmate and second (or third cousin) several times removed.....

~ Joan Kegley Bonnett

August 26, 2010

Elizabeth, my memories of you and Frank were happy times. Golf at Kingsmill where you got a hole-in-one, concerts in Williamsburg, class reunions. May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand.

~ Robert Whitley, Williamsburg, Virginia

August 26, 2010

I was so sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Beverly Goodman, Newport News, Virginia

August 26, 2010



August 26, 2010

Karen & Family, my thoughts & prayers are with you. I remember him fondly from our teenage years. Just remember that there's no more pain and now he will be there in that better place to look after Jan again. Love, Sherry Smith Brumfield

~ Sherry Smith Brumfield

August 26, 2010

Aunt Elizabeth, Karen & Gail,
Uncle Frankie was truly an exceptional person. He always had a wink, a smile or a hug for us all. May God wrap His arms around you and the precious memories of your beloved husband/father sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. Love, Ginger


August 26, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We remember fondly when we met you all and Gerry and Rice at Myrtle Beach. That was the first and last time Mel played golf. Frank's patience was remarkable. He will be missed by all those he touched. May God comfort you in this time. Mel and Shelby Taylor (Dillwyn, VA)

~ Mel and Shelby Taylor, Dillwyn, Virginia

August 26, 2010

Karen, Gail and Mrs. Wheeler (Dale, Courtney, Jenny, Jordan, Joseph, David Jason)... I wish I could be there tomorrow night to share in the visitation of your father and husband. I will always remember being welcomed in your home especially by your dad. Always fun to visit when we were younger and in the past years. Please know that I will be with y'all in spirit. It's times like this I don't like living so far away.

~ Susan Taylor, Atlanta, Georgia

August 27, 2010




   Our deepest condolences are extended to the Wheeler family and their friends at this difficult time.

     Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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