Edward Harold Wheatley, 69, of Columbia passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 7, 1950, in Dallas City, Illinois, the son of the late Claude and Henrietta (Clark) Wheatley. Edward was married Aug. 26, 1972, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Therese M. Marlin.
Edward was a 1969 graduate of Keokuk Senior High School and a 1984 Columbia College graduate. Edward was a retired Army E-7 sergeant first class who received several medals and recognitions including the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. In his 22 years of military service, he served during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. He also retired after 20 years of service to the state of Missouri. Edward was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed refurbishing and repairing automobiles. He was working on restoring a 1962 Chevrolet Impala after previously completing a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette.
He is survived by his wife, Therese Wheatley; daughter, Jennifer Wheatley; son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Molly) Wheatley; a brother and sister, Don Wheatley and Carolyn (Kenny) Soper, both of Keokuk; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Herbert Wheatley.
Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia with the Rev. Chris Cordes officiating. Interment will follow at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Missouri.
Expressions of sympathy may be made for Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or to the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
Arrangements are under the direction of Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory, 12 E. Ash St., Columbia, Missouri; (573) 449-4153. Condolences may be left online for the family at www.ParkerMillard.com.