Last night my sister, Susie Palmer Wheeler (BHS '58) called to tell me that Carlos Wheeler, her former husband, had died yesterday, February 7, 2012, at his southern California home.
The news was shocking and very sad.
Apparently, Carlos had biopsy surgery just a couple of weeks ago and they found lung cancer. After going home, he was having trouble breathing and after he died, the doctor said his lung was punctured.
Besides his wife, Kathy, Carlos is survived by daughters Laura Wheeler and Lynn Wheeler Cundiff, both of Scottsdale, Arizona, and brother, Greg Van Der Werff (BHS '67) of Pasadena.
FEBUARY 10, 2012 UPDATE
Carlos Earl Wheeler died peacefully at his home in Rancho Cucamonga, California, early in the evening, Monday, February 6, after a short illness. He was born in Tonkawa City, Oklahoma on October 11, 1937, and was a son of Everett Earl Wheeler and Helen Frances Thompson, formerly of Conway Springs. His grandparents were Clarence Earl Wheeler and Lena Reed Hodge, of Conway Springs, and Charles Francis Thompson and Bessie Paulina Freeman, of Mayfield.
Mr. Wheeler was a talented mechanical engineer, designer, inventor, and business owner, working in the aerospace industry in Newport Beach, California, and later in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended the University of Southern California, and was a graduate of the University of Arizona at Tucson. He is survived by his first wife, Susan D Wheeler of Scottsdale, Arizona, and two daughters, Laura M Wheeler and Lynn M Cundiff, both of Scottsdale; his second wife, Kathy Wheeler, of Rancho Cucamonga; and a brother, Greg Van Der Werff, of California