HILL —Dean C. Wheeler, 64, a lifelong resident of Hill died at his home, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, following a short illness, with his wife of 32 years and family at his side. Dean was born in Franklin, December 28, 1948, son of the late Clifford M. and Frances P. (Braley) Wheeler. He served during the Vietnam War with the U. S. Army. Grampa, Dean, Dad, Pa, as he was lovingly known, was characterized by his diligent care, steadfast love, and loyalty to his family, friends, and the Town of Hill. He updated and forwarded the Hill Village's videos, photos, and history for town wide events and dedications. Dean served as Hill's road agent for over 25 years with his brother Dale Wheeler. He was the "go to" guy for all necessities and knowledge pertaining to the community. Dean loved his family taking time to teach, play, and gather his loved ones together. He taught every one of his children and grandchildren to hunt, fish, and take pride in their gardens and homes.
Dean loved the back yard fires and cookouts with family and friends. A lover of country music, Dean kept the dance floor occupied. In his earlier days Dean was "The Mayor" in "The Mayor and His Councilmen" Band, a group of young Hillbillies bringing fun and talent to the Community. He enjoyed his Harley Sportster every moment that presented itself. He joined charity rides, group rides, yearly rendezvous with lifelong friends, or rides alone. He loved the world he was part of. Grampa's express desire was to have his family around him and be at home when he left this world. His desires were met; in his final days he blessed each one of us individually with his words and guidance. He was at peace when he left us and is now at rest in Heaven with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
He leaves his wife Dorothy E. (Hanson) Wheeler of Hill; son Justin Dean Wheeler of Hill; daughters Wendy Fuller Rosa of Bristol and Brenda Fuller Voydatch of Meredith; five grandchildren: Cassie Medynski, Damian, Marcus and Sophia Rosa, and Amanda Kurowski; great-grandchild Evan Medynski; brother Dale S. Wheeler of New Hampton; sisters Pamela L. Drapeau of West Franklin, Bonnie A. Mardin of Campton and Lori J. Hackett of Bristol; many nieces and nephews.
A calling hour will be held Saturday, July 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A funeral service will follow at 11 in the Memorial Home. Burial with honors will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hill. A gathering of friends and family to follow after services at the Hill Village Fire Department.
Dean's family requests in lieu of flowers, making memorial donations in his name to the Hill Fire Department, P. O. Box 226, Hill, NH 03243.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com