Friday, June 15, 2012
David Wheeler Obituary
David Wheeler was born in North Ogden, January 4, 1875, the son of Calvin Wheeler and Marion Hutchinson. He passed away at the Bannock Memorial Hospital, September 26, 1959 after suffering a heart attack a few days previous. He is survived by three brothers: Beniah Wheeler of Mesa, Arizona; Riley Wheeler of Salmon, Idaho; Austin Wheeler of Blackfoot, Idaho; and one sister: Mabel England of Moreland, Idaho. Also the following sons and daughters: Florence, Leon, Roy, Edward, Elnora, Dora, Mearl and Max. Thirty-eight grandchildren and 62 great grand children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida, on January 4, 1959, and one son, James, who lived only a few hours.
He married Ida Weierman on December 4, 1895, in the Logan Temple. They lived together 64 years before death parted them. He was called on a mission to the Southern States just six weeks after their marriage. Throughout he suffered much persecution and hardship. He also enjoyed many blessings of being a minister of our Father in Heaven. He was stoned, his life was threatened, and rotten eggs were thrown at him, but by the Grace of God he was spared to continue teaching the gospel. He became a very fluent speaker while on his mission. From this he gained the title of “kid preacher” by which many Elders, non members, and the Saints knew him throughout his mission. Throughout his life he has dearly loved the scriptures and in his later life studies them daily. The scriptures that he loved most were those written by the Apostle Paul, who also was a very powerful speaker. It is the Apostle’s Paul own words that best describe Grandpa’s own philosophy of life.
Acts 20:32-35 “And now brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Grandpa was known for his kindness and generosity and would give anything to anyone he thought was in need. He also loved children; in his later years when his grandchildren and great grandchildren would come to see him they would take him by the hand and lead him into the bedroom where they knew he would give them candy. He played and sang to them, and each one loved him dearly.
After 30 months in the mission field he returned home. He and grandmother moved to Indian Valley, Idaho. During the trip, they had to stop and grandpa mined gold to get enough money to go on to their destination. While living in Indian Valley, their first two children born. During the winter when their first child was born grandpa worked in the timber making ties. He had several accidents that winter and was laid up much of the time. By the time spring came he had only two dollars to show for his winters work. In these early years, they moved often and suffered many hardships. After receiving word of the serious illness of grandmother’s mother, she and her two small children moved to Logan to care for her until her death. A short time later Grandpa sold all their belongings and went to Logan to be with his family. They later moved to Mapelton and lived in an old dirt roof log house.
In 1905 they moved to Moreland and bought the Dave White place. From this time on they spent most of their lives in Moreland. Grandpa farmed for many years. He also spent much time in the timber getting out logs and firewood. He enjoyed good health and was a fast worker until just few years before his death. When he was 75 or 76 years old, my brother and I went with him to the woods for poles. He said he would cut them if we would load them. He worked so fast that he was finished cutting them before we had half of the poles found and loaded. I heard it once said that he would be cutting timber and stop to eat and be back to work before those who were with him could even get their lunch sacks open. It was from Grandpa that I learned to love the outdoors and fishing. He was a great fisherman and always could catch his limit. Some have said that he could catch fish even when no one else could. Grandpa held many officers in the church throughout his life. While in Mapelton, he was Sunday School Superintendent. At MacKay he was the branch President. While in Moreland, he worked in the Sunday School and the MIA, the Old Folks Committee, Seven Presidency of Seventies in the Blackfoot Stake.
He gave this advice at the end of his life history. “My advice to any one, interested is to settle down and not drag your family all over the country.”
Given by Howard Christiansen- Grandson of David Wheeler