September 15, 1947- July 3, 2013
Services for Robert James Wheelwright, 65 of Perry, IA will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the First Christian Church in Perry, IA. Pastor Tim Johnson will officiate with Judith Henry as the pianist. Visitation will begin after 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 with family receiving friends from 4-6 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry. Robert passed away July 3. 2013 at the Bright Kavanagh Hospice House in Des Moines, IA, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Robert was born September 15, 1947 the son of Max and Jean (Friar) Wheelwright in Perry, Iowa. After graduating from Perry High School he graduated from the University of Iowa and then George Washington University where he received his law degree. He was a member of the First Christian Church. His passions were his family, music, sports, playing the piano and organ at his church along with singing in his church choir. Bob enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren in Texas and Colorado. He enjoyed attending numerous events at the Des Moines Civic Center and was a lifelong Iowa Hawkeye Fan. Bob was a devoted son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many.
Robert is survived by his father Max Wheelwright of Des Moines, IA; son David (Sunni) Wheelwright of Colleyville, TX; daughter Jenny (Ryan) Kern of Parker, CO; Sisters: Barbara Kelly of San Francisco, CA; Betsy (William) Daniel of Tucson, AZ; Anne (Doug) McVinua of Phoenix, AZ; one uncle Robert Friar of Birmingham, AL; grandchildren: Madison, Grant Wheelwright and Dawson, Aspen Kern; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death his mother, Jean Ann Wheelwright in 1997; grandparents, Robert and Birdeena Wheelwright and Irene Friar.
Memorials are suggested to the Perry High School Music Department and HCI Care Services and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home.Information provided by: Murdock Funeral Home
1420 Warford Street
Perry, IA 50220