Wendell A Wheeler, 93, of Florence, passed away Feb. 20, 2017. Wendell was born Feb 6, 1924, in Mountain Park, Okla. He grew up during The Great Depression and learned the value of a dollar and hard work. He learned the upholstery trade and had his own shop from that time on. He got his pilot’s license and spent some time in the Navy before he moved to California, where he had an auto interior shop and ran a party boat in San Francisco Bay. He then opened an aircraft interior shop. Wendell eventually relocated to Southern California, where he bought a boat hull and completed a 59- foot motor vessel. He once again opened an aircraft interior business and then turned his talents to RV interiors. His wife’s early retirement brought him to Florence, where he once again opened a small shop and worked on whatever people brought in — he rarely said “No, I can’t.” He was always going to retire... next year. Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.