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29 Broad Street
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Phone: 518-561-3980
29 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: 518-561-3980
John Wheeler

John Marshall Wheeler

Thursday, April 7th, 1938 - Monday, January 7th, 2019
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John Marshall Wheeler, 80, passed away with his family by his side on January 7, 2019 at CVPH Plattsburgh. Born in Troy, New York on April 7, 1938 to Marshall and Elsie (Thorton Gibson) Wheeler. He is survived by his wife, Nancy T. Wheeler, his children, John Marshall, Jr. and Janice Anne Wheeler, his grandson Ryan Kerner, and his two sisters, Carol (Pat) DeMilia and Anne (Judy) Laffan. His beautiful clear blue eyes and captivating smile will be missed forever.

John graduated from Lansingburgh High School. He received a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees from Oswego, 1961 and 1967, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Buffalo in 1973. He was passionate about education, making his way from teaching Industrial Arts to Superintendent of Schools through his career.

John influenced lives far and wide, having careers in both New York and New Hampshire. He loved working with his hands and taught Industrial Arts in Corning from 1961-1968, was Jr-Sr High School Principal in Lake Placid from 1970-72, and Superintendent of Schools in North Creek, Fabius-Pompey and Dryden New York. John and Nancy then moved to New Hampshire where he was Superintendent of Jaffrey-Rindge School District from 1989 until his retirement in 1994. He worked for Franklin-Pierce College as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for the first four years of his retirement, which he enjoyed very much.

His community involvement is an incredibly long dedicated list; Rotary, Kiwanis , Boy Scouts, Fish and Game, Sertoma, Planning Boards and Pancake Breakfasts; his favorite perhaps volunteering as an ambulance driver during his retirement in Hamilton County. He was a renowned, reliable thinker and could always be counted on to help a fellow human being.

John and Nancy retired to the summer camp he and his father built on Piseco Lake in the 1950’s, a place very dear to his heart. John’s cremains will be buried, at his request near his parents in Higgins Bay, New York on Piseco Lake in a spring ceremony. This is appropriate as his heart was, throughout his life, in the Adirondacks; he took care of lean-tos and explored whenever the opportunity arose. He enjoyed hunting, deer here and elk in Colorado. He was ‘One-shot Wheeler.’

Arrangements have been made through Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh, New York.
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Owen R. Houghton

Posted at 10:11pm
Sympathies to John's family on the passing of a good friend. I related to Nancy and John as colleagues in Jaffrey, NH as Dean at Franklin Pierce University and shared community service interests as well as socially. We both were Presidents of the Chamber and had a close connection to the SUCOswego. May we all be comforted by fond memories of a life well-lived.

Deborah Tripp

Posted at 09:46pm
In honor of my friend, John, who loved life, teaching, and being with his family. I will miss your smile.
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Posted at 11:20am
I like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Please find comfort from the God of mercy, His word is so comforting. 2Corinthians 1:3, 4; Isaiah 25:8a; Hosea 13:14

Ted Harry

Posted at 09:14am
We are so sorry for your loss. When this happens in our family we need more than human strength. God and his Son can provide what we need. Please review these scriptures : John 5:28-29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.

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