ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Col. Bruce Hanson Wheeler, U.S. Air Force, retired, a resident of Albuquerque, N.M., since 1972, passed away Feb. 3, 2012. He was born May 25, 1925, in Olamon.
He served his country during World War II, then earned a degree in engineering physics from the University of Maine in 1949. He received his commission as second lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and retired from the Air Force as a full colonel in 1979, having been awarded the Legion of Merit, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
After his Air Force retirement, he was employed as an engineer in Albuquerque, N.M. His interests and hobbies included gun collecting, western history and World War II aviation.
Col. Wheeler was predeceased by his wife, Marianne, in 2006. He is survived by two sons, David of Denver and Stephen and his wife, Robin, of Stockton, Calif.; a daughter, Carol Wheeler of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at French – Wyoming Chapel.
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