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Bedford Times-Press
Bedford, Iowa
Thursday, March 23, 1972

Emeral J. Wheelen Rites Held Mar. 13

Funeral services for Emeral Jay WHEELEN, 60, of Maloy, prominent farmer in Ringgold County, were held March 13 from the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jerrold SWINTON officiating. Mr. WHEELEN died March 10, 1972 in the Ringgold County Hospital. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr.

Emeral Jay WHEELEN, eldest son of Chester A[rthur]. and Grace HARSH WHEELEN, was born March 9, 1912, on a farm south of Bedford.

He attended the Gay Township school and later, the Bedford High School.

On May 7, 1937, he was united in marriage with Florence Lee HERBERT, and they established their home on a farm in Liberty Township in Ringgold County. Of this union was born a daughter, [Elizabeth] Jane. In 1938, Mrs. WHEELEN passed away. Mr. WHEELEN remained to care for his farm, while his infant daughter returned, with family, to the home place in Taylor County.

In 1940, Mr. WHEELEN, his mother; a sister, Maxine; brother, Earl, and daughter, Jane, moved to a farm west of Maloy. The WHEELEN brothers farmed in partnership in this area for 23 years. Emeral loved the farm and was well known for his ability as a mechanic and businessman.

On November 30, 1958, he was united in marriage with Pauline LONG BELL. Her sons, Roger and Richard, were loved as his own.

In 1959, the WHEELENS established their present home on a farm west of Maloy.

Mr. WHEELEN enjoyed life. His work, children, family and friends contributed to his happiness because he made it so. He was a tolerant man, respectful of the opinions of others and somehow seemed to magnify the good he could see and diminish the bad.

He joined the Methodist Church in 1959; remained a loyal and devoted member and contributed much to every facet of the church’s activities. He took pride in the fact that he had served diligently as a member of the Maloy School Board and Mount Ayr Community School Board for 20 years. Mr. WHEELEN joined Bethany Lodge, No. 320, at Blockton in 1945.

Preceding him in death were his father and two brothers, William and Floyd, in infancy.

Those who remain to cherish his memory are his widow, Pauline; his children, Jane and Chuck BRABY of Maloy; Roger and Jane BELL of Atlantic and Richard and Cheryl BELL of Springfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Grace WHEELEN; a brother, Earl; a sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and LaVerne WORTHINGTON and their children; and many close and dear friends.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2011

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