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Joel A Wheeler

Joel A Wheeler

Joel A. Wheeler, age 50 of Pepin, died Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at his home in Pepin with his family by his side.

Joel was born on November 4, 1972 in Hastings, MN. He was the son of Joseph and Joan (Denn) Wheeler. Joel attended schools in Hastings and the Wabasha-Kellogg School Districts. He then attended Red Wing Technical College in Red Wing, MN and attained a degree in carpentry. Joel then went to work building homes throughout the area. Joel married Julie Newcomb on September 21, 1996 in Pepin. After marriage, they lived in Pepin where they raised their family and Joel continued his career in construction. After a few months of not feeling well, Joel was diagnosed with stage IV cancer on December 1, 2022.

Joel loved spending time outdoors boating, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and grilling. He enjoyed putting his skills and knowledge to use to build a mansion of a tree house for his kids and later help them with their home projects.

Joel is survived by his wife of 26 years, Julie; children, Josh (Sabrina) of Eau Galle; Jacob (Ashley) of Eau Claire and Elizabeth “Lizzy” of Pepin; three grandchildren, Scarlett, Rhett and Rhyder; father, Joe of Solon Springs, mother; Joan Wheeler of Pepin; two brothers, Chris and Jeremiah, both of Pepin, maternal grandmother, Pauline Denn of Hastings, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. joann malm

    Joe and Joan, I was sorry to read about your son's passing. I know what you are going through and pray for your strength during this time. Deepest condolences to you and his family as you weather this storm.

  2. Sister Karen Marie Hoffman

    Joe, Julie, and Joel's children,
    I was surprised to read Joel's obituary online in the Wabasha County Herald. I remember him from his days of working for SEMMCHRA in Wabasha, especially around Maple Grove Apts. I also remember him from the SEMMCHRA office in Wabasha since I also worked there at the time. He was a quiet and good man. My sympathy to all of you. This was very sudden and unexpected, I'm sure. S. Karen Hoffman

  3. Tara LeBrun Stam

    Chris, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you during this hard time.

  4. Edna Murray

    Julie and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Sincere Condolences.
    Edna Murray

  5. Joszie Fleming

    Julie~I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  6. Karen and Butch Freeland

    Julie and Family. So sorry for your loss,our prayers are with you all.

  7. Laura Mielke

    I don’t know what to say exactly. I just want Joe to know that I am thinking about him and praying that God will console him as he is adjusting to the loss of his son.

  8. Patty and Tom Jansma

    Julie--our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time. Sending hugs and strength, Patty & Tom Jansma

  9. julie marcks

    Julie, we are so sorry for your loss of a good husband and family man. Our condolences and prayers to you and your family. ❤️

  10. Connie and Dan Maroushek

    We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Joel. Our hearts and prayers go out to you; Julie and your family during these difficult times ????????❤️

  11. Sandra Larson

    So sorry for your loss, Julie. Hugs & Prayers to you & your Family.

  12. Bernadette Swanson

    For GOD so loved the world. He gave his only begotten son. That whosoever believes in him shall not parish but have everlasting life. Let knowing that bring you peace. We will all meet again. I love you guys, if there's anything I can do to help, please let me know. Again, I am so sorry. Love, Bernie

  13. Cynthia Boyer

    I can’t offer any words that will help you deal with your loss. Just know I’m your neighbor & I’m here.

  14. Shirley Seifert

    Julie: My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am sending prayers for you.

  15. Patti Gould

    Hugs to Julie and family. You will be in our daily thoughts and prayers.

  16. Melissa Smith

    Julie, Josh, Jacob, Lizzy, and the rest of the family, my most heartfelt and deepest condolences to you all. I am shocked and so, so sorry to learn of this news. Holding you in my thoughts and prayers ????

  17. Tami Raethke

    Julie we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for you and your family.
    Ralph & Tami Raethke

  18. Jamie Bearson

    You were a wonderful person with the biggest heart..

  19. Sandy & Lewie Fritze

    Thinking & praying for you and your family, Julie ❤️????❤️

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