Robert "Candyman" Wheeler

August 6, 1921 - March 13, 2018
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Robert William Wheeler, Sr. age 96, of Lima passed away 2:40 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at The Grand of Dublin. Bob was born on August 6, 1921 in Oakdale, TN to the late Enos Jerome and Ella Nance Wheeler.  On February 8, 1942 he married Imogene Vernia Kirkland and they had 7 children together.  On August 6, 1971 Bob married Martha Jane Arey Moore and she preceded him in death Dec. 7, 2014.

Bob served 4 years in the U.S. Army in WW II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge among other places. He retired from Warner & Swasey after working there for 42 years as a tool & dye maker and inspector.  Bob was a member of Southside Christian Church and enjoyed being with his family and playing cards.  He was known as the Candyman around town because everywhere he went he passed out Nips.  He also enjoyed garage sales with his wife Martha.

Bob is survived by his children: Robert (Leare) Wheeler Jr. of Cape Coral, FL, Linda (Terry) Jessup of Lima, Fred (Karen) Wheeler of Lima, Joel (Carol) Wheeler of Lima, Karen (Larry) Williams of Dublin and Cindi (Brian) Fox of Worthington, step children:  Susan McKay of Florida, Diana (Steve) McConnell of Lima, Sandy Gesler of Wapak and Jim Moore of Florida; 31 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren, 21 great great grandchildren; a brother Richard Wheeler of Lima and a sister-in-law Joan Wheeler of Ft. Wayne and many beloved nephews and nieces.

Bob was preceded in death by a son Dale Wheeler, daughter-in-law Linda Moore, Brothers Jack, George, Joe, David and Alonzo Wheeler and sisters: Elizabeth Cummings, Helen Wilson and Gloria Gibson.

The family will receive friends 6- 8 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The funeral will begin 10:00 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Wanda Werking officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites being provided by V. F. W. Post 1275.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel


, Lima, OH,

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Born: August 6, 1921
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Larry and Nola 'George' Jungeberg posted on 3/24/18

So sorry to hear another shining light in this old world has left us, but we will meet again and when we do I'm sure Bob will have plenty to show us and tell us just as he did whenever we visited him here on earth. He had a zest for life and a keen interest in everything and I believe his joy was in the sharing it with others. You presence will be missed, Bob...a whole lot! Our prayers and sympathies are with his family and friends at this time.


Tom posted on 3/23/18

To the family of Robert W Wheeler Sr. I did not know Robert or any of your family, but I wanted you all to know, I appreciate his Service to our Nation, through his time in the Army during WWII. Tom Mulcahy


The Bonnette’s posted on 3/22/18

We are sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family at this time. He was a kind ole soul.