Carl Ulric Wheeler, 87, of Huddleston, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born on Monday, Sept. 5, 1932, in Portsmouth, Va., a son of the late Percy A. Wheeler and Ruby Kate Updike Wheeler. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Mathew Wheeler.
He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad as a welder, and also worked for both Norfolk & Western and the Virginian Railroad. He is believed to have been the last surviving member of the Virginian Railroad, which ended in 1959. He was a member of American Legion Post 141 in Richmond.
He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean conflict. After 3 years of service, he received the Occupation Medal (Japan), United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Howell Wheeler; his sons, Larry Michael Wheeler & wife Joyce, Talbot Wynn Wheeler & wife Rosario; his grandchildren, Stephen Riley Wheeler, Melody Elisabeth Wheeler, Andrew Gideon Wheeler, Brian Joseph Wheeler, Finn Wheeler, Kevin Michael Wheeler, Amy Roberts & husband Jon, Standish Wynn Wheeler and Schuyler Carl Wheeler.
Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston, Va.
Obituary printed in the News & Advance, Lynchburg, Virginia, June 23, 2020