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Dennis Lee Wheeler, 69, of Thompsonville, Illinois passed away at 12:37 P.M. August 1, 2017 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born June 5, 1948 in Broughton, Illinois to Inman H. & Gladys Louise (Cooper) Wheeler. He married Lois Hudson on April 18, 1997 in Sycamore, Illinois and they were blessed with 20 happy years together.
Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Lois Wheeler of Thompsonville, Illinois; 2 daughters, Christina Whitcomb and husband, John of Pennsylvania and Rebecca and husband, Howard Johnson of Sparta, Illinois; 5 step-children, Sian Mattingly and husband, Joseph of St. Charles, Illinois, Roger Hoopes of Serena, Illinois, Zachary Hoopes of Earlville, Illinois, Brittany Hoopes and significant other, Reese of Earlville, Illinois, and Brianna Hoopes of Earlville, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Terry Wheeler and wife, Loretta of McLeansboro, Illinois and Olson Wheeler and wife, JiSoon of Virginia; sister, Karen Lasswell and husband, John of Salem, Illinois; numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and 2 sisters.
Dennis was the greatest hunter in the world. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed hunting squirrels and turkey. He also enjoyed fishing, especially with his brother. He worked at Caterpillar in administration for 40 years before retirement. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.
Published on August 7, 2017
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