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Ronald L. Wheeler Sr., 70, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 28 at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., surrounded by loved ones including his long time companion Mary Manning. He was born in Nashua, N.H. on March 5, 1941, one of 10 children to Winnifred M. Wheeler of Pepperell and the late Jerald “Judd” L. Wheeler. Ron spent his early life in Pepperell.

Ron was a member of several organizations including the Moose Lodge, The Elks Club and the National Auctioneers Association.

Ron had lived in Fulton, N.Y. for the past 33 years and was a licensed auctioneer. He owned his own business called Family Auction Center along with two retail stores, all in Fulton.

Recently retired to Florida, he is survived by his mother Winnifred M. Wheeler of Pepperell, three children Tammy J. Merritt and husband Charles E. Merritt of Fulton, N.Y., Ronald L. Wheeler, Jr. and wife Mindy S. Wheeler of Liverpool, N.Y. and Kim M. Wheeler of Rindge, N.H.

Ron had five granddaughters: Meagan E. Halstead, Sarah K. Halstead, Rachel R. Wheeler, Brooke A. Wheeler and Madison S. Wheeler, and nine siblings: Jerald “Dude”, Rick, Dennis, Rosemary, Joel, Wayne, Cheryl, Gene and Barry.

Funeral services were Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hamilton-McGAFFIGAN 37 Main St. (Rte 113) Pepperell relatives and friends were received by the family at the Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery Brookline, N.H. Contributions in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society for research, New England Affiliate, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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