Oct. 13, 1935—Sept. 1, 2019
On Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, Kenneth Allen Wheeler, loving husband and father passed away at the age of 83. Ken was born at home in Kelso, WA, on Oct. 13, 1935, to ML and Leodice Wheeler. He attended Kelso High School, where he held the KHS High Jump record for many years. He graduated in 1953. After high school, he joined the Naval Reserve and then had a change of plans and spent time working in Alaska. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a driver for Generals (4 Star and above only) and other top dignitaries. After the war, Ken worked for Weyerhaeuser Company in the computer labs for 17 years. Later, he had his own real estate brokerage in Longview. When Mount St. Helens blew and the real estate market faltered, Ken and his wife June started Ken’s Distributing, a successful pulltab distributorship and grew the business together until retirement.
Ken loved golf and poker. He was easygoing with a full, contagious laugh. He had a love for classic cars and owned many. He was an active member of many fraternal organizations. Ken loved the sun and he and June spent time vacationing in Hawaii or soaking up the sun in his own backyard with a gin and tonic in his hand and his beloved dog in his lap.
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Ken is survived by his wife June of 40 years; his daughter Lori Hendrickson (Erik); step-daughter Julie Mathews (Michael); step-son Jerry Stinger (Danica); grandchildren Seth, Lacey, Megan (Mitchel), Ben, Hannah and Rylan; great-grandson Grayden; and brother Donald Wheeler (Marge). Ken was preceded in death by both his parents and his son Michael Wheeler.
A private family memorial will be held at his request. Any donations can be made in the name of Ken Wheeler to Longview Hospice. Ken spent his last days surrounded by family and being well cared for by the loving Hospice staff.