June 14, 1923 – Aug. 7, 2021
Carlton Edward Wheeler, 98, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, died on Saturday, August 7 while under the care of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center.
He was born June 14, 1923 in Elmira Heights, New York to Margaret and Irvine Wheeler.
Carlton graduated from Elmira’s Thomas A. Edison High school in 1941, and worked as a machinist before briefly attending Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He transferred to Antioch College in Ohio in August 1942.
As was the case for many college men during the War years, Carlton’s studies were interrupted by military service. He served in the Transportation Corps in the US Army, shipping out from New York City to Britain on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Scotland on D-Day, June 6, 1944. His assignment venues included London, Paris and Frankfurt, where he modernized data management systems.
He returned in 1946 and resumed chemistry studies at Antioch College.
After graduation in 1950 Carlton worked at Dicks-Pontius (now DAP) in Dayton, married Anne (Mitzi) Wilson, and in 1957 started a plastics manufacturing company, Interex, in Puerto Rico.
He and his family moved to Massachusetts in 1966. He returned to Puerto Rico in 1972.
In 1991 he retired to Redmond, Oregon, where he focused his creativity fashioning pepper mills from rare and found wood. He moved to Shepherdstown, WV in 2018 to live with his daughter
Elizabeth and Carlos Niederhauser. He spent many happy hours with Carlos touring the countryside in Berkeley and Jefferson counties and making new friends.
He is survived by his children Scott, David and Elizabeth, four grandchildren, Augusto, Louie, Joan and Catherine, and great-granddaughter Gitana.
The family is most grateful for the compassionate care provided by the amazing staff at the VA.
Memorial gifts may be given for the care and comfort of veterans at the VA at Martinsburg VAMC, Voluntary Service, 510 Butler Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405.
A memorial will be held at a later date.