Charles R. Wheeler

December 19, 2022

Charles Richard Wheeler, 99 of Frankfort, IN, formerly of Champaign, IL, died at 8:15 p.m. Monday (December 19, 2022) at Wesley Manor in Frankfort, IN.  He was born October 4, 1923, in Charleston, IL, son of Charles W. Wheeler and Florence ”Flossie” (Waters) Wheeler.  He married Shirley J. Stanfield in 1947.

Many family knew him as Richard or Dick until he went to the military when he began going by his first name.  Charles was a World War II (Europe) and Korean (stateside) veteran.  While at war Charles promised God that if he survived, he would turn his life and serve Him.  Charles returned home from WWII and began fulfilling this promise.  Charles graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL and Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, IL with a Master of Divinity.  Charles was a retired United Methodist Church pastor from Central Illinois Conference (formerly with the Evangelical United Brethren Church).  He served the following churches in Illinois:  White Heath EUB, Galesville EUB, Broadlands EUB, Longview EUB, Orangeville EUB, Afolkey EUB, Lawrenceville EUB, Springfield EUB/UMC, Princeville UMC, Countryside UMC and filled in at several churches during his retirement.  Charles was a participating clergy member in the Billy Graham Crusade when it was in Springfield, Illinois.  Charles traveled to Australia as an evangelist preacher.  Charles touched and influenced many people in his ministry.  As a resident of Wesley Manor Charles continued his ministry calling on the sick and spreading friendliness and the love of God.  The family expresses their gratitude for the loving care at Wesley Manor and Care Hospice.

Memorials may be made to the Preachers’ Aid Society and Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 19207, Springfield, IL 62794 or Wesley Manor Employee Appreciation Fund, 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Visitation and Services

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Wesley Manor Chapel. A second Celebration of Life will be held at 11 am. April 13, 2023 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2206 4th St., Charleston, IL 61920. Burial will follow the service in Mounds Cemetery.

Survived by:

He is survived by five daughters:  Sharon Petersen, Debra (Rick) Barnett, Mary Jo (Rev. Jack) Kirk, Kristy (Dean) Worrell, Anita Meyer, grandchildren Krissy (Bill) Storer, Michelle (Tony) Schalliol, John (Jill) Kirk, James Charles (Julia) Clark IV, Tony (Alina) Barnett, Tina Schellenback, Jim (Kalika) Kirk, Brianna Meyer, seventeen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Preceded by:

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Shirley J Wheeler, daughter, Carol, siblings Vera (Bob) Birch and two brothers Jim (Delores) Wheeler and Paul (Ruth) Wheeler. 


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6 Condolences for “Charles R. Wheeler”

  1. Linda Burnett (Fredrikson) December 21, 2022 at 8:03 am

    I remember your dad as the pastor at the Longview EUB church. I also remember playing with the older girls. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Julie Wilson December 22, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Rev Wheeler married my husband Greg and I at the Princeville UMC in May of 1979. He was always easy to carry on a conversation. Our sympathies to his family.
    Greg and Julie Wilson

  3. Anna McCoy Donahoe December 23, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Rev Wheeler was a special guy! He was my minister as a young girl in Princeville IL, and I was privileged to reconnect with him a few years ago when he attended First UM Champaign IL where I’m a member now.

  4. Connie Scoggins December 29, 2022 at 8:14 am

    One of God’s angels… even in retirement, he came to my husband’s bedside to minister & console. Admired he & Shirley.

  5. Bishop Frank J Beard January 12, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    I want to express my deep sorrow to you over the loss and passing of Rev. Charles R Wheeler. As you reflect on his life and the gift that he was to you, it is my prayer that you will experience God’s comfort and love.
    God Bless,
    Bishop Frank J. Beard

  6. Julie & Steve Stanfield February 19, 2023 at 1:59 am

    We will miss Uncle Dick. He was a kind and loving Uncle. Always smiling.

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