CAPT. David Leo Wheeler, Sr., USN RET

December 31, 1940 - August 16, 2023

12/31/1940 - 08/16/2023

CAPT. David Leo Wheeler, Sr., USN, RET. 82, passed away August 16, 2023.  He is the son of the late Edward and Lucille Wheeler.  David served his country proudly in the United States Navy enlisting as a seaman recruit, later obtaining the rank of Captain and retiring following 43 years of dedicated service.

He is survived by his loving wife; Martha Jean Wheeler, children; David Wheeler, Jr. and his wife, Kristi, Andrew Wheeler and his wife, Erika, Julia Wheeler, Melanie Combs and her husband, Cameron, sister; Mary Ann Dunbar; grandchildren; Henry, Maggie, Zak, Dylan, John and nephews Scott and Mike.  David will be dearly missed by all who knew him.  Online condolences may be offered at

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francis Uteg
2 months ago

David and I grew up together in Traverse City … we went our separate ways in the service of the Government, Dave to the Navy, me to the USSS… my deepest condolences to his family. He was a good friend and neighbor and long serving public servant … may he always have calm winds and fair seas …

Emily Elizabeth Arters
7 months ago

We are so sad to hear of Dave’s passing. Fred and I loved being neighbors to he and Martha. Prayers for your sweet family as you navigate the days ahead without him. Much love sent to you all.

Dale Spatz
7 months ago

Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. For the limited time I knew him, he was generous, kind and loving, always with a smile and a kind word. He will be missed. Remember the great memories and I hope that brings a smile when you do.

Rick Titi
8 months ago

I am very sorry to read of Dave’s passing. He was truly one of Navy Medicine’s leaders and a role model to us junior officers. I got to talk with him a number of times at conferences and while he was a CO. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Larry Seible
8 months ago

My deepest sympathy to Dave’s family. Dave & I were new ensigns together at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston in the early 70’s. I was a direct procurement officer straight out of OCS & Dave was a mustang with lots of experience. Most mustangs were not nice to new officers back then. But Dave was different. He shared his experiences & gave good advice without being condescending. Dave, Martha and I had lots of fun at the Officer’s Club at the many social functions we had. Dave & I reconnected back in Norfolk in the 90’s. He and I were both Captains. He still shared his sage wisdom. Dave, may you have fair winds and following seas. Miss you shipmate.

Sarah Kunerth
8 months ago

We had many of card games at the MSC Reunions in Florida thru the years, was so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. He was such a honorable officer.