Stanley Dean Wheeler

Stanley Dean Wheeler, 88, of Amarillo, passed away on February 20, 2021. He was born September 27, 1932 in Hawarden, Iowa, to Lloyd and Dorothy (Mc Farlin) Wheeler. He lived in Iowa until age of five before moving to Pine City, Minnesota and living on the family dairy farm. Stanley proudly served his Country in the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted in 1952 and served in Formosa (Taiwan), Japan.

He married Kirby Smith in Mulhall, Oklahoma on January 26, 1958. Stanley and Kirby were married for 28 years until her passing in 1986. Stanley shared the next 26 years with his life partner Jean O’Neil. Jean passed away in 2016.

Stanley worked for the FAA for thirty years as a weather specialist until his retirement in 1986. He loved Palo Duro High School. You would often catch him at a PD Football game. He loved to travel, play bingo and watch his granddaughters play sports.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Kirby; his son Lloyd Wheeler, his beloved Jean O’Neil, a brother Gordan Wheeler and a sister Carol Oliverius.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Sharyn and John Delgado, his son Stanley Wheeler Jr. (Butch), and a daughter Vivian Smith. Stanley loved his grandchildren and being a Pops. He had 8 grandchildren and their spouses: Kirby Delgado, Kristina & Nick McKinney, Sidnie Delgado & Isaiah Lomeli, Emilee Delgado, Cody Wheeler, Ryan Wheeler, Aaron Wheeler and Tracie Teague. He had one great-grandchild, Arlo Lomeli. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in law Danford, and Wilma Wheeler of Stanwood, Washington. He had nieces and nephews in Kansas and Washington.

Funeral services will be at a later date this summer.


  1. Beth Kean

    What a beautiful tribute to your dad. My memory is that he always had a smile. He was so very proud of his family and their many, many accomplishments! Stanley Rest In Peace and enjoy some Bingo in heaven!

  2. Jackie Curl

    Love this picture of your dad! Hugs and prayers!

  3. Susie Dale

    Jean and Stan had a lot of fun . He took great care of Tooter as I knew her .he was always happy .God bless his family .Prayers for you

  4. Frankie Dale

    It’s not very often that a down to earth good, genuine man comes along. Stanley Wheeler was all of that and more! He would tell it like it is, he was honest and fair. He cared about his country, family and friends. I never saw the man down or upset. He was always upbeat! Loved to hear his stories, mostly about vacations and things he had done. My aunt was blessed to have known him. May he Rest In Peace.

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