William Dean “Ching” Wheeler, 59, of Girard, Kansas, died at 3:10 a.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010 in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

William Dean “Ching” Wheeler, 59, of Girard, Kansas, died at 3:10 a.m., Thursday, December 23, 2010 in the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.

He was born April 7, 1951 in Concordia, Kansas, a son of Max Elbert and Nelda Jean (Higle) Wheeler.  He grew up and attended schools in Glasco, Kansas.

He served in the US Marines during the Vietnam War.

He married Sandy Davidson on December 3, 1992 in Girard.  She survives of the home.

He worked at Ranger Trucking in Jacksonville, Florida and later at Coronado Engineering in Salina, Kansas.

He was a member of the Christian Church in Glasco; the Steven Bennefeld Post No. 7479, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Girard; the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion of Girard; Boys State through the American Legion; the Sons of the American Legion; the Legion Riders; the Patriot Guard; the Girard Masonic Lodge No. 93, AF & AM, the Consistory in Fort Scott, Kansas, and the Mirza Shrine in Pittsburg.

Bill was very active with organizing and establishing “The Big Flag” that flies over the Girard American Legion.
 
He was also instrumental in bringing the Kansas Veteran’s Moving Wall to Girard several years ago.  He was 3rd District Officer and a past-state officer in the Kansas American Legion.  

Survivors, in addition to his wife Sandy, of the home, are a son, Jeremy Wheeler of Salina; his step-sons Jerry Bryant and Stacy of South Mound, Kansas and Micky Bryant and Jodee of Arcadia, Kansas; his brothers T.C. Wheeler of Salina; Jim Wheeler and Joan of Bonner Springs, Kansas; Max Wheeler and Libby of Salina; a sister, Janie Beason of Salina and a large loving extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Brandon Bryant, and a brother, Johnny Lee Wheeler.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Monday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard with Rev. Roy Widmar officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Hill Old Arcadia Cemetery at Arcadia with Military Honors given by the George C. Brown Post No. 26, American Legion.  The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m., Sunday.

Memorials are suggested to “Boys State” and these may be left at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.

Condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.