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Robert Wheeler

Robert S. Wheeler, 78, of Atlanta died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at 3:26 p.m. at Maple Ridge Care Centre in Lincoln.

Mr. Wheeler will be cremated, and there will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Quiram Funeral Home in Atlanta.

Mr. Wheeler was a mechanic for the Schmidt Implement Company in Atlanta for several years before his retirement.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was born Jan. 3, 1925, at Farmer City to Donald and Christa Hughes Wheeler. He married Alberta Bailey on July 20, 1947, at Farmer City. She survives.

Also surviving are five children, Robert Lynn Wheeler (and Dee) of Mount Pulaski, Alice (and Mac) McCarthy of Lincoln, Janice (and Jim) Adye of Emden, Betty (and Jack) Renfrow of Atlanta and Mitch Wheeler of Bloomington; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Junior Wheeler and John Wheeler, both of Middletown, Ohio, and Lester Wheeler of Jamestown, Ohio; four sisters, Mabel Ester of Mansfield, Marjorie Monaghan of Farmer City, Gerie Whitt of Franklin, Ohio, and Sandy Wheeler of Mansfield, Ohio.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family or to the Atlanta Rescue Squad.


Gerald Sparks

Gerald Sparks, 55, of New Holland, formerly of Middletown, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at 10 a.m. at his home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Holland and Barry in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holland and Barry, with Don Hoover officiating.

Burial, with military rites, will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Middletown.

Mr. Sparks was a retired truck driver.

He served in the U.S. Army from October 1967 to October 1969.

He was born July 18, 1947, in Lincoln to Thomas A. "Pete" and Dorothy M. Dugan Sparks. He married Patricia Ramsey in Lincoln, and she survives.

Also surviving are three children, Teresa Schriber (and husband Scott) of Lincoln, Chad Sparks of Lincoln and Christina Sparks (and companion Ray Albertson) of New Holland; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Tom (and RuthAnne) Sparks of Lincoln, Bill Sparks of Hartsburg, Gary Sparks of Dumfries, Va., and Bob Sparks of Mount Pulaski; and four sisters, Rita (and Howie) Coffey of Petersburg, Donna (and Gator) Hutchison of Middletown, Nancy (and Gus) Otto of Lincoln and Trish Tibbs Minder of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made for Middletown fireworks.


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