The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 28, 2014

Obituaries — Friday, Feb. 28, 2013


Iris G. Wheeler

KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY — Iris G. Wheeler, 54, formerly of Fayetteville, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at home with her husband, Tom, and brother and sister-in-law, Erhard and Imtrud Eitel, in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Born on October 18, 1959, in Wetzlar, Germany, and was the daughter of the late Helmut and Maria Elfriede Eitel of Wetzlar, Germany. 

She married her husband, Thomas C. Wheeler of Lochgelly, West Virginia, on October 13, 1982, in Rechtenbach, Germany. Iris worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army from 1978 until she medically retired in 2012. Her hobbies included genealogy, cross stitching and working.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Tammie L. Brown of Fayetteville, West Virginia, and Sandra (Sandy) Bias of Oak Hill, West Virginia.

Left to cherish her precious memories are four brothers: Erhard (Imtrud) Eitel of Germany, Steve (Linda) Wheeler of Fayetteville, David (Paula) Wheeler of Fayetteville, Jonathan (Brandy) Wheeler of Lochgelly, one sister, Rita Mueller of Germany; brother-in-law, Billy Brown of Fayetteville; nieces and nephews, Laura (Joe) Wiley, Marcus (Sandra) Mueller, Heather (Robb) Massie, Thomas (Nadine) Eitel, Jason (Katherine) Bias, Amber Pittman, Brooke Foster, Hannah (Brandon) Stone, Morgan Wheeler, Austin Brown, Brent Wheeler, Sarah Mueller, Ciera Wheeler, Sierra Toney, Bryson Wheeler, Aidan Foster, Nathan Wiley, Hunter Pittman, Logan Pittman, McKenna Wiley, Fynn Eitel, Cameron Foster, and Laura Eitel.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home Chapel, Fayetteville, with Pastor Eddie Persinger officiating. Interment will follow at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Iris’ memory to Hospice of WV, PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25802-1472.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Wheeler family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home at 350 W Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV, will be assisting the family.

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