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December 20, 2013

Robert Harvey Wheeler

Robert Harvey Wheeler

Feb. 26, 1928-Dec. 17, 2013

MORRIS — Robert H. Wheeler died peacefully at Bassett Hospital on Tuesday evening, Dec. 17.

Robert was born in 1928, in East Bloomfield, the son of Robert H. and Isabel Thorpe Wheeler.

He graduated from the Bloomfield Central School in 1945, and from Cornell University in 1951. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After four years in the Intelligence and History Divisions of Headquarters 3rd Air Force near London, he was discharged in 1955.

In 1956, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in English from Boston University. While teaching at West Virginia University, he met his wife Blevyn, also a teacher, and they were married in 1959.

In 1963, he received his Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Rochester. He taught at the University of Rochester and at Wake Forest College before joining the faculty at the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1966. He retired in 1996.

Robert is survived by his wife, Blevyn; and their four children, John Wheeler of Hillsborough, N.J., Kathryn Wheeler of Madison, Wis., Robert Wheeler Jr. of Powell, Ohio, and Diana Wheeler of Madison, Wis. They have nine grandchildren.

Bob loved his family, his country, his books, and the landscapes of Upstate New York. A lifelong lover and fixer of old things, he restored the farmhouse in the Butternut Valley near Morris where he and Blevyn raised their family. They have lived there for 46 years.

A memorial gathering will be held by his family next summer at their home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gilbertsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 72, Gilbertsville, NY 13776, Gilbertsville Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 181, Gilbertsville, NY 13776, Morris Fire Department, P.O. Box 311, Morris, NY 13808 or Morris Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 452, Morris, NY 13808.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

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