Chuck passed away at Denver Hospice. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan to Charles and Selma Wheeler and had two siblings (Robert and Lucile). He attended the University of Michigan and received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Geology. During his time at U of M, Chuck played the trumpet in the marching band. He married Ann Archer, his high school sweetheart in 1954 and they celebrated their 65 year wedding anniversary this year. They moved to LA, WY, OK and CO for Chuck’s work, spending the last 47 years in Littleton Colorado. They had three children (Wayne Wheeler, Mary Hagen and Julie Siekmeier). He was a dedicated petroleum geologist, hiker, member of Littleton United Methodist Church, square dancer and Civil War buff. Chuck is survived by his beloved wife Ann, three children and eight grandchildren (Elizabeth Wheeler, Deborah Wheeler, Lauren Hagen, Nicole Hagen, Chloe Siekmeier, Lilly Siekmeier, Sophie Siekmeier and Clayton Siekmeier).
Chuck lived an active and fulfilling life. He enjoyed outdoor activities in Colorado including hiking with his two dogs Jack & Jill, golfing and skiing. He was a loyal, honest and caring person that shared many of these activities with friends and family. He enjoyed extensive travel with Ann including RV trips throughout the US with their close friends the Rileys and they also shared cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe. Yellowstone was also a favorite destination. In addition, Chuck and Ann enjoyed being in a dinner club and discussion group with friends for over 30 years.
Up until 2015, Chuck continued to work on oil prospects in Louisiana and never gave up hope of hitting the big one. He studied chemistry, calculus, Egypt, the Middle East and the Civil War to challenge himself and have a better understanding of the world. Chuck wrote papers and gave numerous talks to the two Civil War clubs he belonged to.
Chuck will be most remembered for his life long dedication to his friends and family and the love he gave.
Donation can be made in Chuck’s name to Rocky Mountain Rescue Group or Denver Hospice.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on October 26th at 10:00am at Littleton United Methodist Church.
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