Herbert King Wheeler | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Herbert King Wheeler

Herbert King Wheeler passed away peacefully on October 28, 2017 in Reno, Nevada with his wife, Donna by his side.

He was born April 10, 1929 at Morton Hospital in Taunton, MA to Charles Alden Wheeler and Marion King Wheeler. Herb spent his early and teen years in Mansfield, MA where he attended Mansfield schools, was active in the scouting program, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

In 1945 he transferred to Tabor Academy in Marion, MA where he graduated with the class of 1948. Herb attended Hobart College in Geneva, NY and Babson in Wellesley, MA before joining the U.S. Navy, where he trained at Pensacola, FL and received his commission and Navy wings in April, 1952. Herb flew fighters with VF-81 at Oceana, VA and served on carriers USS Coral Sea and USS Antietam. After release from the Navy he worked briefly in his father's insurance business while continuing to fly with the Naval Reserve at NAS South Weymouth. Herb left the Naval Reserve with the rank of Commander.

In 1956 Herb joined Trans World Airlines where he flew both domestic and international routes for the next 31 years as First Officer and later as Captain.

He has made his home for 44 years in Zephyr Cove (Lake Tahoe), Nevada. He loved traveling and has visited much of the world while working and for pleasure with his wife, Donna. Herb loved flying his Lake Amphibian across the country and on several area lakes. He also spent many years boating on Lake Tahoe with Donna and many friends and family who joined them.

Herb particularly loved flying for the Navy and his career with Trans World Airlines where he accumulated nearly 22,000 flight hours.

He was a Life Member of the Association of Naval Aviation, Tail Hook Association, member and former president of the Military Officers Assn., Lake Tahoe Chapter, Son's in Retirement, Quiet Birdmen MEV Hangar, Crystal Bay Yacht Club, National Eagle Scouts Assn., TWA Seniors and Pacific Northwest TWA Ambassadors.

Herb is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Donna; four children from a previous marriage, Valerie Taylor (Jack), Kimberly Ludwig (Ray), Bradford Wheeler, Stephanie Putnam (Kevin); and 10 grandchildren.

His wishes are to be cremated and his remains interred in the Court of Honor at Happy Homestead Cemetery in So. Lake Tahoe, CA. He requests there be no memorial services and donations be made to a favorite charity in his memory.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends and hopes to be remembered for the good and happy times that they shared together.

Go back to article