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Obituary: Ralph Coulam Wheeler

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Ralph Coulam Wheeler 1923 ~ 2006 Ralph Coulam Wheeler passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2006 due to complications following treatment of Esophageal Cancer. He was born March 13, 1923, in Salt Lake City, to Thomas and Emily Louisa Wheeler. He married Joyce Mansell Wheeler July 31, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from the University of Utah in industrial management, where he also played football. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served his country during World War II. He served a mission in England, the land of his forbearers. He worked as a business administrator in rehab at the University of Utah Hospital for 20 years. Throughout his life he unselfishly served in his church, as a Scout Master, receiving the Silver Beaver award, Bishop, High Councilman, Sunday School Teacher, and Patriarch. He loved the peace and solitude of the great outdoors and spent many quiet moments at the cabin he designed and built. His priority was his family, instilling in them hard work and Christ-like values. He lived life by the motto: "Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without." He had many talents. He was a skilled craftsman, handyman, carpenter, restorer, builder, and problem solver. He blessed many with his skills, as reflected in the building, remodeling, and furnishing of his children's homes, as well as his own. But, we will remember him most as a builder of character as taught through his example. He truly followed the Savior whom he loves, and showed his love by his service to others. Indeed he embodies the verse, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce, of 53 years; children, Steven (Kaylynn), James (Rosalie), Mark (Patricia), Paul (Dora), John (Wendy), Thomas (RaeLynn), LuAnn Peterson (Kent), Matthew (Mary); 39 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Louise McEwan, Frances, Mark and Bryon. Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 6, 2006, 11 a.m. at the Salt Lake Sugarhouse Stake Center (1700 S. 1100 E). Friends and family may call at a viewing Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 S. Highland Dr.) from 5-7 p.m. or prior to the funeral from 10-10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center. The tribute of the riderless horse will be performed in his honor. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your church's Humanitarian Fund.