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Kirke Wheeler

Kirke Wheeler, age 94, of Huron, died Saturday evening, September 3, 2011, at his residence.  His memorial service was held at 2 PM Friday, September 9th at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ron Brugger officiating.  Private burial was in the Riverside Cemetery with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council.  The family prefers memorials to be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice or to Grace Episcopal Church.  

H. Kirke Wheeler was born May 19, 1917 in Huron to John and Leila (Bovee) Wheeler.  He was graduated from Huron High School in 1934 and attended Huron College, the University of Minnesota, and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota School of Business in 1939.  He worked in the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Huron until 1942, at which time he joined the U.S. Army.  He attained the rank of Captain in the US. Signal Corps.

 On November 8, 1942, he married Maurine Sebring at La Jolla, California.  They lived in Texas, Missouri and New Jersey, where he served as Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Battalion Adjutant in the U.S. Army.  After his discharge from the Army in 1946, they moved to Huron where Kirke joined his father in business at the Wheeler Rexall Drug Store.  In 1962, he changed the store to Wheeler’s Office Supply.  He retired in 1995. 

Kirke was an avid musician, and loved playing the piano and organ with various dance bands throughout the Huron area. He also enjoyed playing golf and bridge, and was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, and the Huron Country Club and a member of the American Legion.

Kirke was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Maurine, his son, Dr. Jeffrey Wheeler and his sister, Allison Luddy.

Survivors include his sons and their wives, Richard and Pamela of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ronald and Marie of Huron, Brian and Jeanne of Sioux Falls, and Dr. Kirke and Dorothy of Sioux Falls; his daughter-in-law, June Wheeler of Huron; nine grandsons; four granddaughters; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

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