John Joseph Wheelersburg |

John Joseph Wheelersburg

John Joseph Wheelersburg passed away January 1, 2015 in Rifle, Colorado. He was born to Carl and Rose (Sweeny) Wheelersburg on January 6, 1928 in Ironton, Ohio. John married Audrey Trusty on October 6, 1951 at Lowry Air Force Base. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

Johnny had an award winning personality and a great attitude towards life. This helped him live with Alzheimer’s with grace, dignity, and humor. He loved his family, horse racing, the Cincinnati Reds, and Notre Dame football. He was a successful small businessman that worked hard, and played hard. He will be missed by all that knew him. The family would like to thank the staff at the Colorado State Veteran’s Care Center for the great care he received while he was there.

Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents, Carl and Rose; sisters, Theresa, Rosie, and Mary; and brother, Carl Pat. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Becky) Wheelersburg and Gary (Gloria) Wheelersburg; sister, Rita Spittler; many nieces and nephews, including his special niece, Rita Ann Urgin; grandchildren, Courtney, April, Jessica, Cody, Joel, and Jeremiah; great-grandchildren, Tristian, Makayla, Jackson, Wyatt, Keira, Kailee, Maiah, and Emery.

A memorial service will be held on March 17, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Calvary Church at in Aurora with interment following at Fort Logan National Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or The Wounded Warrior Project.

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