Death Notices 1- 4

"Just a Closer Walk with Thee" - by the Gerald F. "Jerry" Wheelers --- Senior and Junior

Uploaded by on Mar 24, 2012 --- then sent to Barbara Drews, York '52, in March, 2012

On 25 July 2009 I visited my Dad in Irvine, CA and I was playing with my relatively new iPhone and I recorded us playing a few tunes. This is the first clip that I am editing. Pops passed away 12 days ago on 12 March 2012. I am glad that I recorded this--- on that day.

Please wait for video to load...and once loaded, it will play automatically--- but play only one-time only.


Carol Jean Lecture Schaidler (1934-2007)
Carol Jean Lecture Schaidler Obituary dated 2007
For a recorded telephone conversation between Carroll Knight (York '52) and Carol's surviving spouse, Dave Schaidler, go to

Dennis J. Woywood (1934-2006)
For some musical accompaniment performed on a digital keyboard here at the end of Magnolia Lane in Christiansburg, VA---
"Sheep may safely graze" --- performed here by me in the "piano voice" with additional "voices" provided by the digital keyboard:              CLICK HERE: ---> []
                                                                                                 then minimize your computer's media player so as to listen to this music while returning to this screen...

[] [] 
For a recorded telephone conversation between Carroll Knight (York '52) and Gena Lou Dove (York '50) Woywood, go to

A tribute to Jack Langille (1934 - 2012), York '52...from his closest friend,
John Green, York '52:---
-------- Original Message --------
Subject:  Jack Langille
Date:  Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:02:40 +0000 (UTC)
To:  H. Bruce Downey <>



For the record, in case you don't already have it, Jack was born in Oak Park, IL on July 13, 1934. Jack and I were more like brothers than friends.  We went as far back as second grade at Roosevelt School on the North side of Elmhurst.  As young kids, if he wasn't at my house, I was at his.  Guess you could say we were unseparable.  It's the loss of not only a very close high school buddy, but a lifelong friend as well  To those of us who knew and loved him, he has created a large void in our lives and will be greatly missed.


John Green

For a recorded telephone conversation between Carroll Knight (York '52) and Jack Langille, go to,york%2752

Tributes to Jerry F. Wheeler (1934 - 2012), York '52...

To the best of my knowledge, Jerry F. Wheeler (1934-2012) died without any published obituary.   Jerry was married twice, first to Jean, who predeceased Jerry by some 20-years, and then shortly before Jerry's stroke in 1998, Gerry got married again to his now surviving and devoted wife, Mary. 

Together, Jerry and Jean had one predeceased daughter and three sons:--- Jerry, Jr., ______________, and Christopher.  And while married to Jean--- since Jean was a sister to Sharon Christianson, York '52--- Jean and Jerry took into their home in California the children of Sharon "Shay" Christianson, York '52 shortly after Shay's death. Sharon's children, were all related to Jean Wheeler as Jean's nieces (and nephews?).

There may well be others from the York '52 Class who might want to contribute something here in his memory, and if so please send them to me via e-mail at .  Here are a few remembrances, each serving as a tribute to Jerry's life and his passing from our midst in March, 2012:---

At 07:40 PM 3/14/2012, Barbra Drews, York'52, wrote:
Hi Punky,
Sorry I have been such a slug about helping. Had some minor surgery, a very dear close friend of mine passed away and not my plan but have been busy business wise.Just got a E-mail from Tarri(Sharon Christianson's middle daughter) went to live with her Aunt Jean in Ca. after Shay died.  Jean was married to Jerry Wheeler.  Just wanted to let you know Jerry passed away Monday nite.
Barb D.

On 3/15/2012 2:52 PM, Carroll Knight, York '52, wrote:
It is sad when you learn of a classmate dying especially one you knew fairly well in school. We played football together, dated some of the same girls and hanged out in the same group. He came from Chicago and moved into the St. Charles apartment. Jerry`s father took care of the maintenance at the apartments. Jerry later did become a air force officer. Not sure where he went to college, possible Illinois.

On 3/15/2012 9:11 PM,Barbra Drews, York'52, wrote:
I stay in touch with Sharon Christianson's daughter Tarri.  Shay's children went to live with Jean (Shay's sister) and Jerry after Shay died.  Jean passed away many years ago, probably 20, they had a daughter who also has passed  and a son Jerry Jr. Tarri is in contact with Jerry Jr. so I will try to get you the info you asked for. Jerry remarried before
our 50th,wife(Mary).
Hope all of your family is doing well.   I should be able to get you the info in a couple of days
Hope to see you at our big 60ty
Barb Drews
On 3/26/2012 11:37 AM, Barbra Drews, York'52, wrote:
Hi Bruce,
Sorry this took me so long.
Jerry had a third son, youngest- Christopher.  Jerry's birthdate was June 4,1934
It must be difficult to give up that beautiful place you have.  Whatever the circumstances, family trumps all.  Good luck to you on your move.
And then this from Tarri Fennel---Shay Christianson's (York'52's daughter) --- a picture of Jerry Wheeler, York '52--- via Barbara Allen Drews, York '52, received on Jerry's birthday, June 4, 2014 --- Jerry's birthday being June 4, 1934.

For a recorded telephone conversation between Carroll Knight (York '52) and Jerry Wheeler, go to

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: In your father's memory...
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:44:59 -0700
From: Gerald "Jerry" Wheeler <>
To: H. Bruce Downey <>

Dear Bruce,

Thank you very much for getting a hold of me and remembering my father so fondly!  

Yes, you have my permission to use the video.  I would very much like to get you more details of Dad's life and help with his announcement on the memorial page.  I would also like to announce that I will be arranging a celebration of Dad's life something during the first weekend of June (2nd & 3rd) in Southern California.  I would be very happy to meet or communicate with any of my Dad's friends.

Sorry for the delay getting back to you.  I am a working musician with a day job too and I tend to get behind with personal and domestic duties.

Thanks again and 
best wishes to you 
and all of the class of '52,

Gerald Francis Wheeler, Jr.
(Jerry Jr.)

1117 E. Appleton Street., Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 310-5087

E-mail information re: additional obituaries to Bruce Downey at