Darrell Wheeler

April 21, 1945 - January 05, 2010 

Darrell Wheeler

April 21, 1945 - January 05, 2010 

Obituary for Darrell Wheeler

Darrell Wheeler, age 64, of Holland, died Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

Darrell worked as a Journeyman Electrician, Maintenance and Facilities Manager. He was preceded in death by Bernard Keen, Ron Hooey and his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Jan and daughter:
Katie and Blake Janson
Nellene Keen
Jerry and Joan Wheeler
Pat Hooey
Bonnie and Larry Johnson
Several nieces and nephews

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM, Friday, January 8, 2010 at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James Street in Holland. Memorial contributions may be given to the Harbor Humane Society. An on-line registry book is available at www.lakeshorememorial.com.

Darrell’s greatest joy in life was getting on our Gold Wing and aiming it in any direction and taking off. We loved touring the country and just enjoy what God gave us, especially with Katie and Blake in our rear view mirrors. There’s a saying that goes ‘I’d rather be sitting on my bike thinking about God than sitting in the pew thinking about my bike’. That fit Darrell to a tee! We made so many happy memories on our bikes, just enjoying His nature and each others company.

Darrell also loved going down to visit his step dad Doug and his wife Bonnie. They have a cabin on the Red River in Arkansas and he’d be in his glory, standing on the bank fishing for trout. He especially liked watching the hummingbirds drinking from the feeders on the deck.

When Darrell went to the Hospice House on Monday, they placed him in the Hummingbird Room. There is a plaque that reads:

Hummingbirds are small in stature, but big of heart. They exemplify stamina and strength.

We think that’s a perfect description of Darrell. His kind heart far exceeded his physical size. His stamina and strength, dealing with everything that happened to him, far exceeded a normal man.

When Darrell and I met, he had work in several different states as a journeyman/troubleshooter for a national electrical contractor. He traveled all over the country to different jobs and picked up different sayings from other construction workers coming from other regions of the US. Katie and I started to call his sayings “Darrell-isms”. Twenty years into our marriage, when I thought I’d heard them all, he’d come up with another one (half the time, he’s have to explain what he was talking about!). One thing we always were able to do was make each other laugh. A lot of times, I’m sure if we didn’t see the humor in something, we could have cried.

In the last 8-10 years, our lives had become a series of medical situations. Our family and friends have watched him go from a vital strong man to a worn and exhausted soul. His many diseases and medical conditions slowly eroded his body but never his will to fight whatever came his way. Often, when something new would develop, I’d ask “how much more can this poor man take?” God finally answered my question. Darrell passed away in his sleep on Tuesday morning. God granted him that last wish of passing peacefully.

I can just see Darrell in heaven, with no more pain, fishing with my Dad, talking about cycling and what a great world God gave us to enjoy.

Please join me in honoring Darrell’s memory by giving someone a little joy every day. Just a kind word or a joke to make them smile can make all the difference in the world �" for both of you.

Thank you for all your prayers and emotional support for us, both while Darrell was struggling and now as we face life without him.

God bless.

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