Feb. 23, 2019 — Ralph Wheeler was born in January 1931 in Bronx, N.Y.
He was raised in New Jersey and received his education at all boy’s schools in New York and Vermont.
In Vermont he gained his lifelong love of nature, the forest and woodworking.
His parents were actors with “Bergen County Players” where Ralph built theater sets. As a young, man he left college and joined the Navy. Later he was transferred to the Air Force and was a machinist during the Korean War.
Ralph married but never had children. After a hard divorce, he met and married Pamela Miller in 1986. She was a single mother with a 7-year-old son, a married daughter and a 6-month old grandson.
Ralph was 54 and loved being a father and, eventually, a grandfather to six beautiful children.
He was “Grandpa!”
In 1992, Ralph and Pam moved from Campbell, Calif., to Florence, the town they had found and fell in love with in 1985.
Ralph followed his dream of being a contractor and established “Wheeler’s Home Repair.” He served the Florence community, building decks, docks, buildings, fences, etc., until he retired in 2008 at age 77.
In 2010, Ralph fell ill due to a massive hematoma of the brain. His struggle lasted for nine years and he passed from this life on Feb. 19, 2019.
He leaves behind his wife Pam; his step-son Gil Turturici, Audrey von Gease, six loving grandchildren, and three beautiful great-grandbabies. He also leaves two nieces in California and their wonderful families.
Ralph, may you rest in peace and in the loving arms of your Lord and Sav-ior Jesus Christ.
There will be a memorial at Spruce Point.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.