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Richard Lee Wheatley

December 9, 1944 ~ February 23, 2022 (age 77)


Richard Lee Wheatley, 77, of Urbana passed away on at 3:35 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at Tuscola Health Care. He was born in Champaign, Illinois on December 9,1944 the son of Charles and Norma Jean (Nally) Wheatley. He married Becky Lynn Lantz on May 21, 1983 in Urbana, Illinois. Richard is survived by his wife- Becky; children- Richard J. Wheatley (Liz), Melanie J. Knerr(John) , Ashley N. Wheatley all of Urbana, Bradley A. Bantz(Amber) of St. Joseph; 13 grandchildren;2 great grandchildren; brothers- Leonard Wheatley(Susan) of Niantic, Il, Joseph Wheatley of Champaign; sister-Pamela Garske(Rick) of Mattoon, Illinois. He is preceded by his parents and brother, David L. Wheatley and infant son Anthony Wheatley. Richard graduated from Urbana High School. He was employed by the University of Illinois in Building Services for 27 years. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and enjoyed sports, traveling, playing slots and spending time with family. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 3-6:00 PM at Ambucs Park Pavilion, 1140 E. University Avenue, Urbana, Il 61802. Pastor Ricky Spindler will be officiating. The family will be serving a meal. Condolences may be made at

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Celebration of Life
April 23, 2022

3:00 PM
Ambucs Park Pavilion, University Avenue, Urbana

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