FREDERICKTOWN — Dessel D. Wheeler, 88, of Fredericktown, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Centerburg, the son of Clarence and Goldie (Duston) Wheeler. Dessel served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

After serving his country, Dessel moved back to Centerburg and worked for PPG. He also worked as a rural route carrier for the Mount Vernon News until his retirement at age 81. Dessel was an outdoorsman that loved to hunt and fish and he was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.

He is survived by his children, Deborah Cockrell of Bladensburg, Joan Beckner of Naples, Florida, and Dwight (Billie) Wheeler of Columbus; three grandchildren, Daniel (Stephanie) Cockrell, Nick (Jessica) Cockrell and Heather (John) Auker; 10 great-grandchildren, Kaylynn Cockrell, Kirsten Cockrell, Anthony Cockrell, Hannah Cockrell, Jase Cockrell, Cody Cockrell, Brody Cockrell, Bentley Cockrell, John Auker and Renee Auker; his sister, Dorla Hyatt of Mount Vernon; mother of his children, Lillian Wheeler Underhill; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Wheeler; and two brothers, Donald Wheeler and Clarence Wheeler.

A graveside service with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be held Thursday, July 19, beginning at 1 p.m. in Eastview Cemetery. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Dessel D. Wheeler.

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