Steve Wheeler

Steve T. Wheeler, 75, of Rose Hill, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 20, 2020, at Reeds Cove Health and Rehab in Wichita.

Visitation is from noon to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Shelley Family Funeral Home in Winfield.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the First Church of the Nazarene in Winfield. Military committal honors will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences can be left at

Steve was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Wichita, the son of Irma Samual and Isabel (Barrett) Wheeler. Steve was always a hard worker. As a young boy, he enjoyed his paper route, selling greeting cards door-to-door and working at the Safeway grocery store in Derby. He graduated from Derby High School in 1962. He went on to finish his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering.

He married Mary E. Helten and spent 55 years with her making memories that will forever be in our hearts. He was a veteran of the Pueblo crisis in North Korea. He spent 35 years of his career at Boeing. After that, he worked for Caterpillar until he retired in 2009. Most of all, he loved his grandchildren, gardening, golf, family reunions, traveling and being outside on his 40 acres.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bob and Ronnie.

His beautiful and loving family includes his wife, Mary, of Rose Hill; his children, Kimberly McDowell and husband, Clay, of Derby, and Byron Wheeler, of Rose Hill; his brothers, Jack Wheeler, of Branson, Mo., Fred Wheeler, of Pennsylvania, and Jerry Wheeler, of Colorado; his sister, Lynn Newill, of Kansas City, Mo.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathy and Phil Smith, Jerry and Sue Helten, Peter and Michelle Helten, Jeff and Susie Richwine, and Annie and Jerod Sorensen; his five grandchildren, Missy White, Orion Wheeler, Israel Wheeler, Lila Wheeler and Faith Donham; and his three great-grandchildren, Jaden Allen, Grayson White and Gemma White.

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