Frank Raymond Wheeler
July 8, 1922-Dec. 21, 2012
Palo Alto, California
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Frank Raymond Wheeler, 90, passed away peacefully in his home at the Vi in Palo Alto with family around him on Dec. 21, 2012.
He lived and worked for most of his life within a few miles of where he was born in Palo Alto to Oliver P. and Ethel R. Wheeler. He attended local schools, Peninsula School, Jordan Jr. High School, Palo Alto High School, Stanford University and Stanford Medical School. After 37 years in private practice in Internal Medicine, he retired in 1989. Since his retirement, he has often been approached by former patients or their family members who expressed their gratitude and admiration of the care he gave.
He loved the out of doors, being on the river fly fishing, taking up downhill skiing at 40, playing tennis with friends and golfing until his last year. He leaves the legacy of the Wheeler family cabin at Silver Lake -- a place beloved by friends and family. As private a fellow as he was, he had a wide and deep circle of friends, neighbors, sporting companions, even classmates from high school who still gather for lunch on occasion.
Frank was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and treasured wife of 58 years, Marty Dodds Wheeler. He is survived by his three daughters, Barbie Breneiser (John) of Ashland, Ore., Anne Wheeler-Waddell (John) of Jacksonville, Ore., and Joan Griffin (Bill) of Redding, Calif.; his grandchildren, Jeff Buckley, Tara Bedney (Brian), Courtney and Scott Griffin; his great grandchildren, Alex and Casey Bedney; and his sisters, Jean Whitley of Indian Hills, Colo., and Phyllis Dunlap of Denver, Colo. The last years of his life were brightened and blessed by his friend and companion Rue Faris Drew.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life of Frank Wheeler which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Vi, 620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto.