Obituary: Thomas L. Wheeler, III

Thomas L. Wheeler
Thomas L. Wheeler
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December 10, 1931 – November 11, 2023

FRISCO, COLORADO – Thomas L. Wheeler, III, 91 longtime resident of Summit County and most recently Frisco, died Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Tom graduated from Grandview High School in 1950 and enrolled at the Ohio State University. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers as a first lieutenant from 1955 to 1957 in Germany.

After receiving his master’s degree in industrial management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Tom went to work at Suburban Motor Freight as an industrial engineer in Chicago. In 1967, he started his 27-year career with the United Parcel Service where he spent 12 years managing the industrial-engineering department and finished his career managing the corporate real-estate department.

A lifelong lover of the outdoors Tom retied in Summit County in 1993. Up until his last days Tom spent his time golfing, fishing, dancing, restoring old Studebakers for the Frisco 4th of July parade and just tinkering in his garage. Tom was active with the Summit County Historic Society for many years, being most proud of the restoration of the Historic Rice Barn.

He is preceded in death by his mother Pauline Wheeler, father Thomas L Wheeler, sister Suzy Wheeler and wife Beverly Freese Wheeler. Survived by his children, Gaye Hoeflich, Julia O’Hickey, Kent Wheeler, and Jerry Wheeler; Laura and Jason Freese; his nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A service is being held at 11:30AM, Monday, November 20th at Three Trees Chapel, 13416 West Arbor Place, Littleton, Colorado 80127. In lieu of flowers donations can be made for a fishing pond access project via For more photos visit

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