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Terry Ray Wheeler

Posted By Lake Shore Funeral Home On January 24, 2021 @ 5:52 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Terry Wheeler

Terry Wheeler, 74, of Waco, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.

Graveside Service: 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen Pastor Steve Moss of China Spring United Methodist Church officiating.

Terry began his life on October 10, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was born to Alice G & William Harry Wheeler. He has 3 brothers and three sisters! He lived in Pittsburgh until he enlisted in the Military in August of 1965. Terry served at several post before he was sent to Viet Nam in July 1967. While in Viet Nam, he was wounded in action & received the Purple Heart. Upon his return to the States in August 1968, he was stationed at FT Hood where he met and married the love of his life, Nelda Krohn. He stayed in the service until August of 1974 after a 2-year tour in Germany. He has two honorable discharges with many ribbons and badges.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother, Alice G. Wheeler and father, William Harry Wheeler; brothers, Bill Wheeler and Lynn Wheeler; as well as two sisters, Judy McGee and Madeline Marcink.

He is survived by his wife, Nelda Wheeler of 51 & 1/2 years; two children, Chrissie Duke and husband, Wes Duke of Arlington and son, Terry Wheeler Jr (T.J) and wife Deb, Wheeler of Round Rock; three grandchildren, Samantha (Sam) Bowers and fiancé, Craig Jones of Lewisville, Logan Bowers and wife, Kimberly of Huntsville and Sarah Wheeler of Round Rock; four great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Brayleigh, Casen Ray and Delilah Bowers all of Huntsville; his brother, Keith Wheeler and wife, Andrea of Huntsville, AL; his sister, Bonnie Dober of Pittsburgh, PA.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Terry was very proud of his military service. He was a Past Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 4077 as well as adjutant. He was also a member of the Viet Nam Veteran’s organization and the DVA Chapter.

Terry was a member of China Spring United Methodist Church for almost 11 years. Shortly after he started attending there, he signed up to be an usher. He loved his job as usher and became the head usher. He wanted to make everyone feel welcome and he felt it was his duty to give all the widows and single women their hug. When COVID hit, he had to quit giving out his hugs and he was very disappointed.

Terry and Nelda loved to travel. They had been to 49 states and two countries together. For their 45th wedding anniversary they made their dream trip to Alaska.

When Terry passed away January 8, 2021, a beautiful heart stopped beating but a beautiful soul winged his way to Heaven and God said, “Come in Son; we have been waiting for you!”



Place of Service: Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery , 11463 State Highway 195; Killeen, TX 76542-4945

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Condolence from April (Wheeler) Wykle on January 12th, 2021 1:57 pm

Aunt Nelda and Kids..
We are praying for you all and wanting you to know that we will be with you in spirit.
Even though we didn’t get to see you and Uncle Terry very often at all, we loved him as we do you.
May God’s Peace reign over you all throughout the days, weeks, months and years ahead 🙏 ❤
With Our Love Always.. Nancy, Carol, Diane, Tim, Mike and Me and families ❤

Condolence from JOYCE PEREZ on January 15th, 2021 8:02 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
May God bless and keep you during this difficult time.

Love, Joyce Perez

Condolence from Jeff and Cecilia Boutwell on January 25th, 2021 1:12 pm

We grieve for your and our loss of such a wonderful man! Know, Nelda, that Jeff and I will be here for you for whatever you need! We love you and pray God will make your grief process bearable.

Condolence from lisa gonzales on January 25th, 2021 5:33 pm


I have loved y’all since the day you invited me into your home. I was always loved equally by both of y’all. Thank you Dad for all the wonderful memories of those high school weekends. I will always cherish those memories and always love you,

Love from your a brown child (Lisa)

Condolence from Buster & Carolyn Mitchell on January 25th, 2021 8:21 pm

We’re so sorry for your loss. We shall continue to pray for you and your family.

Condolence from Jimmie Dyer on February 1st, 2021 2:38 pm

Bill and Jimmie Dyer (neighbors)

So sad to hear of your husband’s passing. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this time.

Condolence from Catherine McPhee on February 8th, 2021 8:25 pm

So sorry to hear of your great loss. I have missed seeing you.
Your neighborhood beagle dog walking friend,
Catherine McPhee.

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