Obituary of Carl Wheat
Surrounded by love and family, Carl passed gently February 20, 2018, after a brief illness. Born May 4, 1947 to Edward and Mary Wheat in San Bernardino, CA. He was the baby boy, with four older sisters. Although his family moved quite a bit when he was young, they eventually settled in Tacoma, where he attended school. There he made life-long friends and began his career as a mechanic.
He met the love of his life, Jeanne, whom he married in 1967. They were blessed with three girls, Karen (Brian) McKenna, Jennifer Wheat, and Jessie (Nathan) Sanders. He and Jeanne built a business, Lakewood Chevron on Gravelly Lake Drive, which closed in 2005. Carl was a much-admired and inspiring musician. He played guitar and sang with his partner and friend, Bill Miller for many years, entertaining family and friends at many functions. He also loved to spend time at “The Lake Place”, where his family spent many summer days with Dave and Kathy Belding and their family.
He enjoyed camping and hunting, fishing with his wife, road trips, cooking and baking, investigating ancestry, and reading about history. Above all else, Carl deeply loved and nurtured his family. He considered his wife and daughters his best friends, and the feeling was mutual. He completely adored his two grandsons, Keegan and Declan, and granddaughter Rowan.
In Heaven he joined his parents, sister Sharon, sister Jeanette and beloved brother-in-law Erwin. He leaves behind his sisters Wilma (Jim) Hardison of Tulsa, OK and Linda (Larry) Dawson of Tacoma; wife Jeanne, three daughters, two sons-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter; many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.
Keegan added that he was a great storyteller. Declan said he loved his Grandpa. Rowan said she would tell Grandpa, “Shaboygan!”