WHEELER, Dale Allen December 2, 1932 - February 10, 2017 Dale Allen Wheeler, born on December 2, 1932, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the age of 84 following a brief illness. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Wheeler was a resident of Sonoma for the past 70 years. Dale is survived by his wife of 59 years, Violet, his children Audrey, Lori (Steve), and Craig (Kristin), and his brother, Charles. He is also survived by his six grandchildren Gianetta, Dalton, Claire, Dominic, Mason, and Alessandra, as well as several other family members. Wheeler graduated from Sonoma Valley High School and attended Cal Poly before enlisting in the Navy where he served for four years. He was commissioned on the USS Manchester where he worked as a carpenter. When he left the Navy, he worked for several local construction firms honing his carpentry skills prior to venturing out to start his own construction firm. Dale Wheeler Construction, along with partners Vic Conforti and Roland Thibault, leaves a lasting legacy with numerous commercial and residential developments throughout the valley. He also trained many of the next generation of local contractors. Dale was involved with Little League and Babe Ruth as a coach and volunteer. Wheeler became an avid golfer in his early forties. Later in life, Dale and Violet enjoyed traveling, watching tennis, gardening, and being with their grandchildren. Private services will be held at a future time. Donations may be made to; Hospice by the Bay, 190 West Napa Street; Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, 347 Andrieux Street, and Sonoma Valley Little League. All organizations are in, Sonoma, CA 95476.
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