Troyce Alvin Wheeler, 80 of Council Bluff, Iowa, passed away in Salem, Oregon, on Sunday March 7 at 5:30 a.m.
Troyce was born on August 25, 1940, in Austin, Texas, to Linden E. and Stella Mae Wheeler. He grew up in Dallas and spent most summers with the larger family on the Wheeler ranch near Medina, Texas.
During his teenage years, the family moved to the Chicago area, where he graduated f out Highland Park High School in 1959. He went on to higher education at Graceland College, followed by Lake Forest College (Class of 1963).
He then enlisted in the Navy and served as an officer on the USS Essex aircraft carrier before returning to college and earning a Law degree at the University of Iowa in 1971.
While attending law school, he met his future wife, Jo Ann Lewis of St. Clair, Missouri. The two were married on August 11, 1970.
Troyce and Jo moved to Council Bluffs after graduation so he could take a job in the public defender’s office. Later, he started a private law practice.
Troyce was a member of Community of Christ (RLDS) Church, First Congregational Church, as well as various bridge and book clubs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann, his mother and father, Linden and Stella Wheeler, and infant brother, Richard Foster Wheeler.
He is survived by his brother, Larry Wayne Wheeler and wife Lois of Leawood, Kan.; daughter, Andrea “Andi” Jo Wheeler Boyer and husband Kris of Salem Ore.; and son, Ryan Troyce Wheeler and wife Charlotte of Minnetonka, Minn. He had three grandchildren, Nathan (14), Garrett (12) and Nicholas (9).
Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Square Library in Council Bluffs or to the American Heart Association.
A memorial service in Bandera will be scheduled at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic