Stephen A. Wheeler

  • Born: September 4, 1941
  • Died: January 26, 2020
  • Location: Concord, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium

172 King Street
Boscawen , NH 03303
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Stephen Albert Wheeler, 78, of Concord, died Sunday, January 26th following a brief illness.

Stephen was born in Winthrop, MA, on September 4, 1941 to Albert and Elizabeth Phoebe (Oakes) Wheeler. He lived in Washington, Maine, and New Hampshire throughout the early part of his life, moving to Concord, NH in the 1950s. He graduated from St. John's High School in Concord, NH, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. He was a long-time employee of Rumford Press in Concord, which was the beginning of a long and successful career in the printing industry. His career also took him to Florida, Indiana, and Michigan. While living in Salisbury, NH, he was a very active member of the community, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Budget Committee, and working for the town as Transfer Station Operator. He loved the social aspects of the job as well as the management duties and was a fierce proponent of recycling. Steve also volunteered for many years as a pressman at the Canterbury Shaker Village Print Shop.

Steve was an incredibly hard worker and everyone's go-to guy. Whether something needed fixing, or a problem needed to be solved, Steve could always be counted on. Described by his family as capable and thoughtful with a wonderful sense of humor, Steve was loved and respected by many people, both family and friends.

Steve is survived by his wife, Barbara Carr; his brother Stanley L Wheeler, (Shelley Lentz Wheeler); his sister Marian Clare Wheeler; his sons D. Michael Wheeler (Michelle), Chris Wheeler (Trisha), and Scott Wheeler; his stepchildren Heidi Williams, Jason Boyer (Lucy), and Jessica Boyer (Brian Becher); his nephews Darrell Wheeler (Janet Rosado) Erik Wheeler (Chris Anne) and Isaac Wheeler; his grandchildren Michaela Wheeler, Emily Wheeler, and Charlie Wheeler; and his great nieces and nephews Amber Rosado, Dylan Wheeler, Lexi Wheeler, and Paige Wheeler; and his stepgrandchildren James Howe, Victoria Grabowski, Jack Boyer and Nina Boyer.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 172 King Street in Boscawen. A brief time of sharing will begin at 2:00 and light refreshments will be provided throughout. On-site parking is available.

Friends wishing to honor Steve in a material way may make a donation to the Salisbury Free Library or to the Salisbury Historical Society.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am sorry to see Steve has passed.My condolences ,I remember Steve as a kid when he lived in Bethel ,he was much older than I was . He an I are first cousins. I discover his passing by chance ,I was trying to contact family members Stan or Steve to let them know about a paver I had purchased at the Maine Mineral Museum that honored Wheeler Brothers Mining ,which his father Abe was part of...again my condolences .
John Wheeler Bethel Maine 207 890 0402...

Posted by John Wheeler - Bethel, ME - Family   August 08, 2020


Dearest Barbara and family. Deep condolences on your loss. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Rose Cravens - Salisbury, NH - Friend   January 31, 2020

The world has just lost a very intelligent, kind, and straight forward thinking man. We are so sorry for the loss of Steve. Anyone who has ever shared a conversation with Steve is better off today.

Posted by Rick and Karen Sheldon - Northfield, NH - Friend   January 31, 2020

To all members of the Wheeler family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Steve was one of a kind and a very special person. I think he was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I had not seen him since the 1970s and often wondered where he had gone. Cherish your memories of Steve. He will "live" in your hearts forever.

Posted by Patricia Kraft - Durham, NH - Friend   January 30, 2020

To All Members of the Wheeler family. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. We so appreciated Steve's depth of knowledge, talent, good nature and his frank, honest approach to most all things of significance in today's world. Steve's passing is a great loss to all who knew him or sought his opinion.
He spoke reality. He was always current on matters of recycling both in Salisbury and neighboring towns in order to provide his town with the best knowledge and advice on running an efficient facility. He managed the facility with skill, patience, common sense, good decision making and excellent customer relations all to the benefit of the Salisbury residents. We owe much to Steve. He was a good soul. Rest in peace.
Steve & Judy Preston, Friends & Residents, Salisbury NH. January 29, 2020

Posted by Steve & Judy Preston - Salisbury, NH - Friend   January 29, 2020


Dear Barbara: Colleen and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Steve. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to you and your family. Darrell Gates, Auburn NH

Posted by Darrell Gates - Auburn, NH - Friend   January 29, 2020

Steve was a rare human being: smart, compassionate, curious, practical, down to earth. He had a great sense of humor. He acquired a lot of knowledge about an astonishing array of topics. Like most Salisbury residents, I'm gonna miss him. My thoughts and deep condolences to Barb and to their large extended family.

Posted by Peg Boyles    January 29, 2020

Steve took pride in all his tasks. He was a professional and thorough individual. An asset to the Town of Salisbury. I'm going to sorely miss my lengthy conversations with you.

Dave Merwin
Salisbury, NH

Posted by David Merwin - Salisbury, NH - Friend   January 29, 2020

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