Frederick H. Wheeler Sr. RIVERTON — Frederick H. "Fred" Wheeler Sr., 82, most recently of Whitefield, New Hampshire, was released from his battle with dementia and recurring infections on Feb. 24, 2019, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care in Lebanon, New Hampshire, with family at his side. Fred was born in Montpelier on April 9, 1936, one of nine children born to the late Leroy and Rose (Rowell) Wheeler, of Riverton. Fred grew up and attended school in Riverton, working on the family farm. He married Laura (Davis) Wheeler Aug. 25, 1955, and they had four children. Fred served our country in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and as a drill sergeant in California, North Carolina and Virginia, for which he received medals of distinction. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a mechanic and had dairy farms in East Barre and Lunenburg. Fred loved being busy tinkering with small appliances and making little repairs. He lived a number of years in Wilder where he enjoyed retirement visiting and helping friends and neighbors, notably fellow Marine Corps veteran Richard "Dick" and wife Elaine, home care aide Robynn, and many others too numerous to list. Fred is survived by children Rose Ellen Cormier and spouse Robert of Whitefield, Deborah Johnson-Gerry and spouse Craig, of Solon, Maine, Frederick Wheeler Jr., of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Dianna Lynn Wheeler, of North Carolina; grandchildren Stephanie, Michael and Joshua, great-grandchildren Katryn, Conner and Landon; siblings Rose Ola Hannigan, of Barre, Gladys Davis, of Riverton, Kenneth Wheeler, of East Montpelier, Linda Matheson and husband Bruce, of Northfield, Susan Sears and husband Kenneth, of Northfield; as well as his aunt, Evelyn Law, of the Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Fred was predeceased by his grandparents Fred and Ola Wheeler; his wife, Laura; sisters Roxane Maxfield and Sylvia Croteau; and brother, Leroy "Lee" Wheeler. He was met on the Rainbow bridge by many beloved pets. We would like to thank the staff of Jack Byrne Center for the wonderful care they provided for both Fred and his family during his final days. A military service will be held at a date yet to be determined in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Ross Funeral Home in Littleton, New Hampshire, is in charge of arrangements. To share memories and condolences, go to

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Linda Matheson

In deepest sympathy to Rose Ellen, Deb, Fred Jr. & Dianna. He is at peace now and in no more pain. Love, Aunt Linda & Uncle Bruce ❤️🙏❤️🙏

Deb Gerry

Yes, finally at peace. Sending love and hugs to you as well for your loss. He was your brother longer than he was my Dad and I can only imagine the pain. Love you both!

Deb Gerry

We miss you Daddy, and all the times we talked of the good ole days.

Homer Peake

Your dad looks the same as he did 40 years ago

Deb Gerry

So true Uncle Homer!!! and the picture is not all that old, was just a little while before his illness got worse. Miss seeing you all and sending love and hugs with hopes we will see you in Randolph at his internment. I'm on facebook and email is

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