Donald Ray Wheeler, Sr., 81, of Monticello, passed away March 6, 2021, at his home in Monticello.

He was born January 25, 1940, in Drew County to the late Gus Wheeler and Myrtle Lucille Boone Wheeler. He was also preceded in death by a son, Donnie Wheeler and a grandson, Christopher Harris.

He was a retired paper mill employee and a Baptist. Donald’s hobbies included deer hunting, fishing, camping, working with his tools and just being outdoors. He also enjoyed teaching his grandsons how to weld.

He is survived by his daughter, Angie Harris and husband Keanan of Warren; a special friend and caregiver, Margaret Boone of Monticello; two grandchildren, Jonathan Harris (Jordan) and Ethan Harris; and two great grandchildren, Faithlyn Harris and Madison Harris.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Union Ridge Cemetery in Drew County with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. A come-and-go viewing following Covid-19 guidelines will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.