Patrick Wheeler

Alton |

Patrick P. Wheeler, 80, died at 1:04 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at OSF St. Anthony’s emergency room.

He was born March 17, 1941, in Alton the son of the late Vincent and Catherine (Smith) Wheeler. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of St. Michael’s Catholic church in Beltrees, IL. He retired as a journeyman machinist from Owens Illinois in Godfrey in 1999. Patrick was a member of the Alton Wood River Sportsman’s Club, and he was a 4th-degree member of the Godfrey Knights of Columbus. On December 3, 1977, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Godfrey, he married Marcia J. (Bechtold) and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Patricia Rivera (Joe) of Suisun, CA and one son, Christopher Wheeler (Shelly) of Ione, CA, four grandchildren, Katherine Wheeler, Patrick Suhr, Ashley Wheeler, Amber Wheeler, six great-grandchildren, Aralina, Lilly, Russell, Joey, Shannon and Landon, one brother, Michael Wheeler (Barb) of Godfrey, his mother in law, Laura Bechtold of Godfrey, brothers, and sisters in law, Mark Bechtold (Karen) of Godfrey, Mike Bechtold (Susie) of Godfrey and Sandra Bechtold of Godfrey.

Preceded in death by brothers and sisters in law, Carolynn and Willie Lee, David Bechtold, Steve Bechtold, and Tim Bechtold.

Vigil prayers are at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, followed by visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Gent Funeral Home in Alton. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Beltrees with Father Frank Kuczera, OMI, and Father Steven Janoski officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Godfrey Knights of Columbus Hall or the 5A’s animal shelter. Additional information and online guest book may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Gent Funeral Home

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