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Howard Franklin Wheeling
February 20, 1924 - February 26, 2017

Place of Birth: Guys Mills, PA
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 93

Howard Wheeling passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Sidney Health Medical Center.
Howard Franklin Wheeling was born February 20, 1924 to Joseph and Florence (Kightlinger) Wheeling. He came into this world on a stormy night at his grandparent’s house in Guys Mills, PA. Howard was the middle child and only one born in Pennsylvania. He was raised in the Squaw Gap community and attended county school at Shadwell, and later graduated from Sidney High School in 1942. He was a charter member of the Sidney FFA.
On May 12, 1947, Howard was united in marriage to Amba Jean Hatter at the Lonsdale United Methodist Church, Sidney, MT. They met at a pie social. Together they worked side by side and Howard often said that she was his best hired hand and continued to until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2002.
As a rancher, Howard always worked to make his herd better and was a good steward of the land. He was an integral part of keeping the waterlines in the pasture in good working order even dragging his wife, children and grandchildren out to help. Howard was always inventing new ways to make things better, such as ignitors for oil wells. He was a problem solver. Howard made parts for the neighbors when they couldn’t find a replacement, and he was never more at home than when he was in his shop. After he retired from ranching, he worked with longtime friends, George and Fred at Boyce Drilling.
Howard is survived by: three children, Michael (Patti) Wheeling, Sidney, MT, Laura (Jim) Germann, Squaw Gap Community and Joseph (Jennifer) Wheeling, Durango, CO; his seven grandchildren, Jesse LaFountain, Sara LaFountain Deming, Julie Jacobson, Kari Abelseth, Cole Germann, Olivia Wheeling, Brooke Wheeling; his seven great grandchildren; his sister, Elizabeth Hatter, Squaw Gap, ND; numerous nieces and nephews; and the many people he brightened their day by giving them a hug or a kiss.

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Ron and Donna Wheeling (Riverdale, ND)
Feb 26, 2017
RIP My Buddy Thanks for all the Kisses You will be missed!
Robin Hernandez
Feb 26, 2017
I know you are with God now. I will miss you my friend. Love you Robin
Ricky tobiason (Sidney, Mt)
Feb 27, 2017
RIp my buddy I'm going to miss all the tootsie rolls rest in peace my frien
Sarah Valnes (Sidney , Mt)
Feb 27, 2017
I am sorry for your loss. I hope all of the stories are helping your hearts not feel so heavy. Definitely loved, so kind and he always could make me smile. He'd sneak two kisses to me and I would wink at him and he would chuckle. I'll miss the stories, the kisses and the cowboy with the heart of gold.
PETE QUINNELL (GILLETTE, WYOMING)
Feb 27, 2017
rest in peace,was a honor to know you.
Ellen Wznick (Sidney, Montana)
Feb 27, 2017
I was an honor to know you Howard. Give a Kiss to Amba!
Joann and Neil Williams
Feb 28, 2017
Thoughts and prayers
Cheryl Moran (Sidney, MT)
Feb 28, 2017
Joe, Mike and Family... So sorry to hear about your dad.. There is a special place in heaven for him.. I will always remember him for giving us a kiss each time we saw him.... He will be missed...
Debra Vaira (Billings, MT)
Mar 1, 2017
So sorry for the loss of you father. I worked with Mike for a time at the Marketing Alliance in Sidney. Prayers for your family.
Myron & Ardehl Leland (Sidney, Mt)
Mar 2, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Susan Dahl (Fairview, MT)
Mar 2, 2017
He was a ray of sunshine to those he met. He will be missed in this world but heaven is a little brighter now. Prayers to his family.


Marilyn &Bryce Witt (Sidney, MT)
Mar 3, 2017
I always noticed when he wasn't at church, especially when he entered Extended Care. I enjoyed visiting with him there on Dad's birthday in January. It was so special the way he handed out Kisses. He will definetly be missed. I'm disappointed that I will still be out of town and unable to attend his service.
I'm so sorry for your loss and am praying for comfort for your family.
Billy Laverdure (Belcourt, ND)
Mar 3, 2017
RIP my friend
Larry Stevenson (Sidney , MT)
Mar 4, 2017
So very glad I got to know Howard, sorry to hear we lost another great man.
DelRae Steinbeisser (Sidney)
Mar 5, 2017
Joe,
I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. It doesn't seem to matter how old you get, you're still that little kid, and he's still the greatest man you ever knew. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Sue Phillips and Joe Marcoux (Plantsville , CT)
Mar 10, 2017
Our sympathy to all of Howard's family and friends. We feel so honored to have known him and called him friend. So glad he is at rest, though our hearts are heavy with missing him.
Ron Laverdue (Deland, Florida)
Mar 11, 2017
Bill Howard Ron Nov 2017
I was sadden to hear of Howard's passing from Laura. We met Howard and Amba by an invitation from Mike to hunt in the Wheeling Ranch area approximately 25 years ago. Throughout the years we got know Howard and really enjoyed the time we spent with him. The highlight of our trips was not only trying to bag the big buck but was the time we spent with Howard. His stories and poems have been the subject of many of our conversations. And, his joking that he had to guide a bunch of Indians. Rest in peace my friend. I sure Amba was VERY happy to see you.
Ron, Bill, David John, Dave Jollie, Gerald Crissler
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