Richard Byron Wheeler, 85 years old, of Littleton MA, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on Sunday May 30th. He was the husband of Ruth (Landanno) Wheeler, the love of his life, who sadly passed away in 2002.
Born in Rexton, New Brunswick Canada in 1936, Richard became a US Citizen and later proudly served his country in the US Navy. He was the oldest of the ten children born to Frank and Mary Wheeler of Westford MA, and attended Lowell Vocational high school before joining the Navy.
Among the things Richard loved most were camping with Ruth, the kids and the dogs, driving down to Florida with a pack of kids in the back of the car, as well as hitting any State Faire that came to the area. Other favorites were the "Wheeler Brother's Expeditions" to places like Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and he was also a fixture around Littleton at Jake's Auto or Dunkin Donuts.
Richard is survived by many who loved and will miss him: Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Richard "Dicky" Wheeler Jr., Elizabeth "Libby" Lewis, Don and Mary Wheeler, Kathleen Landanno, Chickie Landanno, Mark and Cindy Landanno, Kim Landanno, and Shawn Landanno. Grandchildren; Ashley and Dylan Ashmead, Brooke and Joe Broderick, Danny Lewis, Betsy Lewis, Emily Lewis, Sam Wheeler, Max Wheeler, Nick Wheeler, Katherine Landanno, and Shaelyn and Andrew Clark. Great-grandchildren; Jaxson Lewis, Harlan Temple, and Piper Clark. Siblings; Janet Wheeler, Wayne and Nancy Wheeler, Allan Wheeler and Pat Contois, David and Krystal Wheeler, Dr. Robert and Karen Wheeler, and Ronald Wheeler.
Richard is pre-deceased by siblings Audrey Wickman, Floyd Wheeler, and Stephen Wheeler, and child Patrick Landanno.
He has always been the best of son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be missed greatly.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Richard for a period of visitation on Friday June 4, 2021, in the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King Street, Littleton from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Richard's funeral service with military honors will be held on Saturday June 5, 2021 at 10:00 am in the funeral home. Richard will be laid to rest in the fall beside his late wife Ruth in Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Richard's memory to:
The Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Arrangements under the care of Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton MA, 01460 978-486-3709 www.badgerfuneral.com