Richard "Rick" Wheeler, 81, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Tampa General Hospital. He retired from the Coast Guard as a Captain and continued to own and manage his manufacturing business, O'Malley Valve Co.
He was a graduate of the University of Florida and lettered on the UF Varsity basketball team.
He is survived by his loving wife Shelley; son Richard Jr.; daughter Jennifer; grandchildren, Richard III, Lindsay, Lauren, Nina, Lawrence, and Eva.
A gathering of friends and family will be at Brett Funeral Home in St. Petersburg on Thursday, December 20 from 4-7 PM. A United States Coast Guard Honors Ceremony will take place at 6:00PM.
The family wishes to pay special tribute to Dr. Gerald Rizzo for his care of Rick and in lieu flowers please donate to the National Kidney Foundation.