Ervin Harold “Butch” Wheeler was born in Cleveland, GA on February 1, 1947 and died in Tampa, FL on June 23, 2020.
Cardiac arrest was the cause of death.
Butch was proceeded in death by his mother Kathryn Wheeler, his father Joe Wheeler, nephew Rocky Connell, and Brother in law John Connell.
Survivors include his two sons Scott Wheeler, his wife Jennifer, Todd Wheeler and his son’s mother, Suzanne Hartline. Grandchildren, Rubee Jean and James Scott Wheeler. Three sisters, Wilma Suddarth, her husband Bill, nephews Jeremy Suddarth and Billy, his wife Kimberly. Grand nieces Brittany and Hayley Suddarth. Sister, Beverley Griggs, her husband Geoff, nephews, Major John Ranschaert III, his wife Juli, and grand nieces Ava, Isabelle, and Victoria Ranschaert and Jeremy Ranschaert, his wife Kacie and grand nephew Weston and niece Jodee Daumer her husband Scott, grand niece Stacey Lohman, great grand niece, Rowan Lohman and grand nephew Brad Lohman, great grand nephew, Jude Lohman. Sister, Elizabeth (Cookie) Connell, niece , Tiffany Connell, Grand Nephew, JP Connell.
Butch moved with his family to St. Pete in 1947. He went to local schools, Northshore Elementary, Meadowlawn Jr. High, Northeast High. He proudly served in the US Army in the 502nd Intelligence Battalion in Korea and the Big Red One Infantry Division in Vietnam. He was a point man and the youngest Sergeant in Vietnam during 1966-67, where he earned his C.I.B. and Purple Heart. He worked many years at Big Wheel Automotive and Enterprise Business Park.
Anyone who knew him would say... “What a great guy... you can’t be around him without smiling.” He will be remembered as a loving, sincere, kind, generous, and thoughtful person. He will be missed by his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be at a future date.
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