Keith O. Wheeler, 85, Sioux Co.

Keith O. Wheeler, 85, died Monday, October 15, 2012 at his rural Sioux County home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 1, 1927 in Crawford, NE to Calvin Merrill and Alice Pearl (Malone) Wheeler.

On August 8, 1948 he was united in marriage to Aloha Anna Morgenstern in Lincoln, NE.

After receiving his B.A. degree in 1948 he began his career in education. He worked as a teacher in Denver Colorado from 1948 to 1950, and as a school administrator and teacher in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada from 1953 to 1962 and then at Monterey Bay Academy in La Selva Beach, CA until 1990. Following his retirement he and his wife returned to the Wheeler family ranch in Sioux County.

Keith served as an Elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemingford and a school board member of Sioux County District 43 and had been a member of Kiwanis Club in Watsonville, CA.

He is survived by his wife, Aloha, his daughters, Tamara (Vern) Hansen of Grand Terrace, CA, Kathleen (Gary) Baker of Brighton, CO and Laurie Wheeler of Angwin, CA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Keith Hansen, Laurel Hansen of Grand Terrace, CA, Kirk (Cheria) Baker, Stacy Baker and Haley Baker of Brighton, CO, his brothers, Karl (Blanche) Wheeler and Glenn (Virginia) Wheeler of Marsland, his sisters, Merilyn Rainbolt of Marsland and Mary Alice Goree of Camarillo, CA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela and his brother Gaylord.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hemingford. Pastor Rodney Bieber will officiate. Burial will be in the Crawford Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Keith Wheeler memorial scholarship fund at Monterey Bay Academy,
783 San Andreas Road, La Selva Beach, CA 95076.

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