William E. Wheeler, 73 of Gillespie, died at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at 2:40 p.m. He was born on July 4, 1948, in Cincinnati, OH to Jerry Wheeler and Imojean (Coffey) Wheeler.
He married Kathy (Large) Wheeler on January 9, 1999, in Godfrey. He was retired after having served with the US Army from November 1966-July 1988. During his military time, he served during Vietnam and two tours. He was also a retired police officer for the City of Gillespie after having worked 14 years. William was a current member of the Masonic Lodge of Gillespie.
He is survived by his spouse, Kathy Wheeler of Gillespie; children, Janet (Chris) Mulligan of Moseley, VA and Stephanie Smith of Amelia, VA; stepchildren, Jonathan (Priscilla) Kraut of Urbana, IL and Krisy (Neil) Martin of Wood River; grandchildren, Wesley Martin, Peyton Martin, Ian Kraut, Aaron Kraut, Adrian Kraut, Annie Mulligan, Alissa Mulligan, Rylee Smith, and Aden Smith; great-grandchildren, Leah Martin and Ryder Martin; and siblings, Gary (Nancy) Wheeler of Hyannis, MA and Jeanie (Steve) Mann of Campbellsville, KY.
William was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Howard Wheeler.
Friends may call on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Memorial services will be on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie at 6:00 p.m. Memorials are suggested to American Diabetes Association or Wounded Warriors. Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, IL is in charge of the arrangements.