|Posted 2022-06-19 by mhenderson|
|Published by Today's News Herald on Jun. 19, 2022 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
Nat Wheeler, of Lake Havasu City, died early morning on June 3, 2022 at
age 90 after a brief illness.
Nat was born in Los Angeles and raised his family there. He later moved
to Lake Havasu City, a place he had visited many times with his family,
and resided there for almost 50 years. He was a father, grandfather,
great-grandfather, adventurer, tinkerer, motorhead, and teacher of life.
Nat built off-road cars and fast boats. He liked to ride dirt bikes, and
drive off-road buggies. His motto was "if you're not getting bruised,
you're not having fun!" He traveled trails and backroads all through the
Western U.S. and lived a life of adventure and exploration. No road was
too rough, no lake too remote for him to seek out.
Nat loved the outdoors and was happiest camping, dirt camping he called
it, using the back of his truck for a bed. He enjoyed hunting, target
shooting, building campfires, and was an amazing improviser, able to
jury rig a fix for almost anything. He did not like snow, but oh, how he
cherished the desert, his happy place. He enjoyed teaching life skills
like how a motor works, making sure you have enough bungie cords, how to
keep your gear secure, how to change oil and spark plugs, time an
engine, or frame a house.
Nat was an architectural designer and designed many homes in and around
Lake Havasu. Nat had great hair, an easy smile and quick wit, and no use
for formalwear. He was curious and brave. He wanted to be a hero to
those he loved and very often, he was. Nat lived a storied life, on his
own terms and one that leaves many tales to retell. Rest in peace, Nat.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Betty Wheeler,
brother Clifton Wheeler, and former wife Donna Rouse, He is survived by
sisters Bobbi Wheeler and Bea Wheeler, daughters Jettie Wheeler and
Jennifer (Ron) Ralphs, son Glenn (Paulette) Wheeler, granddaughters
Stormy Wheeler, Erika Wheeler, and Leah Eckstrom, and great-
grandchildren Mackenzi Johnson and Glenn Johnson.
There will be a celebration of life at a date and place to be
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