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Tommie Lee Wheeler (10-26-2017)
Photo of Tommie Lee WheelerTommie Lee Wheeler
passed from this life on
Saturday, October 14,
2017 ,at St. Francis Medical
Center in Monroe
after a battle with pneumonia.
Tommie was born in
Haile, Louisiana on December
4, 1935, to Charlie
and Ora Mae Wheeler.
He grew up with a love
of the outdoors and was
an avid hunter and fisherman.
He excelled at
basketball and baseball
and was scouted by the
New York Yankees baseball
club. After graduation
from Linville High
School he joined the United States Marines. He began
his deployment in Honolulu on August 21, 1959, the day
that Hawaii became a state. While serving in the Marines
he also attended the University of Hawaii where
he met his wife, Gwen. After his service was completed
he remained in Hawaii and graduated with a Bachelor’s
degree in Physics. He and Gwen then moved to the
Houston, Texas area where he began his career with
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at
Johnson Space Center. He worked on the Apollo space
program and later on the space shuttle. A highlight of
his career was working in the NASA control room on
July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed on the moon. His
successful career in the aerospace industry spanned
over three decades. After his retirement he and Gwen
moved back to Haile, Louisiana where he resumed his
lifelong love of hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by: his wife Gwen Wheeler;
and his sister, Ann Johnson.
He is survived by: His son, Kenji Wheeler; his brothers
– C.W. Wheeler and his wife Bonita, Donald Wheeler,
Joe Wheeler and his wife Lynn, Bruce Wheeler, John
Wheeler and his wife Sue; as well as numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.
He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Online condolence messages may be sent to the
family www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.