Born in Lowell, Dick was the son of the late Charles F. and Dorothy A. Wheeler. After graduating from Lowell High School, Dick joined his grandfather for a brief stint in the real estate business. A member of the Elks, he was also a veteran of the U. S. Army National Guard. He entered the business of selling cars in 1964 and became the proud owner of Chelmsford Auto Sales in 1982. Selling cars became his livelihood—and his passion—for more than five decades, and he was one of the best. He will be remembered for his integrity, dry wit and ability to make others smile. An ardent animal lover, he enjoyed fishing, reading, New England summers and the Florida sunshine.
Dick leaves his beloved wife of forty-seven years, Judith (Stone) Wheeler; his sister, Charlene Torla of Lowell; two nieces, Suzanne Hall of Dracut, her husband Arthur, and their son Jeff of Natick, and Jill Torla of Lowell; his mother-in-law, Mary Frances Stone of Naples, FL; his sister-in-law, Valerie (Stone) Taloni and her husband, Adam, of Bonita Springs, FL; many cousins, colleagues and friends.
Dick will be greatly missed. His family would be thrilled if everyone who knew him would perform a random act of kindness in his name.
Visiting hours Tues. 4 to 7 P.M. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA immediately followed by a Celebration of Dick’s Life at the Princeton Station Restaurant, 147 Princeton St. N. Chelmsford, MA. A private burial will be in the Lowell Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made in his name to the Boston Children’s Hospital (childrenshospital.org) or OperationDeltaDog.org. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.