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Roger O. Wheelwright

July 21, 1929 ~ May 22, 2020

Wheelwright, Roger O., 90 of Vero Beach, FL., passed away May 22, 2020.

He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., the son of the late Richard and Selma Wheelwright.  He spent his younger years Riverside, CT.  Roger attended Clark school and Cornell University, where he studied Architecture. He married and moved to W. Palm Beach, FL, where he had 5 children. He was a building contractor for many years. He returned to Riverside, CT., where worked in NYC as the president of Wheelwright Furniture. He remarried and moved to Bozeman, MT, where he built custom homes in Big Sky. Roger moved to Vero Beach, FL and created the family property into a beautiful development “Shorelands”.  He also remodeled and live in the family home on the beach, where he passed away peacefully with family members at his bedside. Roger was a true outdoorsman. He loved to hike, camp, fish, snow ski, swim, snorkel, sail, bird watch, picnic, boat, and walk on the beach.

His favorite hobby was to travel and this took him all over the world.  His frequent sailboat charters to the BVI’s were very special to him. The ocean was his happy place. He was loved by all that knew him. A very gentle kind man that always had a good joke for you.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Al Wheeler of W.  Palm Beach, Fl, daughter, Lisa Daetwyler, of W. Palm Beach, Fl, daughter, Nancy Wheelwright, of Seattle, WA now of Vero Beach, FL., and Sister and Brother-in-law, Sally Hutchison Skipper and Clete Skipper of Murrells Inlet, SC. He had four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He is pre-deceased by his sister, Nance Leigh of Huntington, CT, his daughter, Susan Thompson of W. Palm Beach, FL, and his son, Richard Wheelwright of Stuart, FL.

He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

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Terri Walters

June 14, 2020, 11:21 pm

So sorry for your loss. I felt so honored that I got to meet Roger and hear some fabulous stories of his past. A night I’ll never forget. He was a great man who lived life to it’s fullest. Love, hugs and prayers to Cathy, Lisa and Nancy ❤️

Lisbeth Norcross

June 15, 2020, 9:01 am

So sorry for your loss.


June 15, 2020, 10:49 pm

Thinking of you all as you deal with the loss of your dad.

Joan and Jay Leavitt

June 15, 2020, 11:46 pm

So sorry for your loss, Cathy. Prayers for all.

Sabra P Cleveland

June 16, 2020, 4:28 am

I was saddened to learn of Rogers passing. We had many adventures which I remember fondly. I am grateful for my continuous connection with
Cathy, Lisa and Nancy,

Debbie Balle

June 16, 2020, 11:49 am

Dear Nancy, Cathy, Lisa ,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my prayers at this difficult, sad time. Love and hugs, Debbie

Barbara McLaughlin

June 16, 2020, 2:27 pm

My deepest sympathies in the loss of your father. Thinking of you and sending love, comfort, and prayers to Cathy, Lisa, and Nancy.

Ray Davis

June 16, 2020, 7:12 pm

I will miss Rodger and my long conversations with Rodger. I know that he is in a far better place with friends and family and is without pain or worry.

Rick Zaik

June 25, 2020, 1:16 pm

I was very sorry to hear about Roger. He was a mentor and a very dear friend. I learned a lot from him during our very long association and he was truly a great man. I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to Cathy, Lisa, and Nancy.

Stancy B. Armstrong

December 6, 2020, 12:28 am

What a wonderful man and he is my Aunt Bea’s nephew who was married to my uncle Roger! My sister and I have fond
memories of Fire Island Pines where Bea & Roger had two great houses right on the bay! I know of Nancy and
her husband visited there!
To your family, my condolences! Stancy Swanson Armstrong

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