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Obituary for J. Wayne Wheeler

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J. Wayne Wheeler

April 6, 1929 - March 1, 2017

J. Wayne Wheeler, 87, passed away March 1, 2017 in Perry, Utah. Wayne was born April 6, 1929 to Frederick J. Wheeler and Edith Viola Bowman in Ogden, Utah.


Wayne graduated from Ogden High school and attended Weber College for a year before marrying Priscilla Dean Snyder in Logan, Utah on July 14, 1947. After Priscilla passed away in 1987, Wayne married Hilda (Payne) Kopp on January 20, 1990 in Newburgh, Indiana.


Wayne worked as a grocer from the age of twelve until he retired at the age of 62. He managed or owned various stores in Ogden including the original Stop and Shop Food King which he helped to design and DJ Food King in North Ogden, which he co-owned.  He left Utah in 1969 to work for large grocery chains in California, Tennessee, and Evansville, Indiana where he retired.


Wayne and Priscilla had ten children so he worked extremely hard all his life to provide for them.  Meanwhile he served among other things as President of the Utah Retail Grocers Association, President of the PTA, and had several leadership positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were very social and welcomed people into their home to laugh and enjoy life.  They were beloved by all those whom they served.


After Priscilla died, he began to lose heart until he met Hilda Kopp, a bubbly sweet woman who brought laughter back into his life. Together, they held parties regularly for church members, family, or special needs friends of Wayne’s son, Don.  They enjoyed travel, crafts and working outside in their massive back yard.


Wayne is survived by two sisters, Ruth Grant and Carole Cliften, nine of his ten children: Susan (Stephen) Halling, Dennis (Donna) Wheeler, Christine (Baron) Carson, Gary (Jackie) Wheeler, Leslie (Scott) Tingey, Winn (Sandra) Wheeler,  Greg  (Shea) Wheeler, Cheryl Olson, and Bryan (Stacy) Wheeler. Also surviving are stepchildren Pam (John) Picklesimer, Lisa (Dennis) Shaner, Larry Kopp, and Greg (Patty) Kopp.  And more than 110 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Wayne is preceded in death by both his wives; Priscilla who died December 2, 1987, Hilda who passed away January 1, 2017, by his son Donald Garth Wheeler who passed away March 12, 2016. His parents and seven of his siblings have also gone home.


Funeral services will be held at the Perry Stake Center (685 W 2250 S) on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. The viewing will be at the church from 9:00 to 10:30 preceding the funeral.


Interment will be at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


The family would like to especially thank the staff of Beehive Home and of Encompass Hospice services for their warm and tender care of our father during his last days with us in life.


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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am

685 W 2250 S, Perry, Utah


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

685 W 2250 S, Perry, Utah

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: April 6, 1929
September 10, 2011
The wedding of Jimmy and Mary Ann Kopp Casteel with Wayne and Hilda Wheeler
The wedding of Jimmy and Mary Ann Kopp Casteel with Wayne and Hilda Wheeler
October 31, 2016
Wayne and Hilda Wheeler
Wayne and Hilda  Wheeler
Died: March 1, 2017

Condolences for J. Wayne Wheeler

Darla Goldman posted on 3/8/17

Thinking and praying for Wayne's entire family on this day! Blessings! Darla


Bruce and Treava Snyder posted on 3/6/17

Our Love and Prayers go out to this wonderful family. Wayne has always been a special person in our lives; as well as a beloved brother-in-law. He was a fine example of a true disciple of Jesus Christ and we value that example. He will be greatly missed but his legacy will go on forever! We are so grateful for the time we have spent with him in this life.


Darla Goldman posted on 3/3/17

I am thankful the Lord put Wayne into my path for a time. He taught me so much and I am so very grateful! He was such a gentle, kind man. He walked his faith well and was very patient with my sea of questions. He shared my excitement and gladly told the history of the times as they pertained to my own Butler family's conversion to Mormonism back in the early church days. I will miss him, as well as Aunt Hilda! Wayne always seemed sincerely glad to see you! He was always so warm and welcoming, making anyone that entered his home comfortable. It was a fun, happy place! I am sure that the Lord is well pleased with his humble servant, Wayne Wheeler! Darla