Braden "Brady" Wheeler, 23 of Glenwood, IA, passed away on July 11, 2019. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Glenwood with Reverend Dan Siepker and Reverend Paul Monahan, officiating. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery. On Sunday, July 14, 2019 at the church a scripture service will be held at 4:00 p.m. followed by a visitation until 7:00 p.m. Loess Hills Funeral Home of Glenwood in charge of arrangements.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions will go towards establishing a scholarship fund in Brady's honor.
Braden Lee William Wheeler was born on June 10, 1996 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Ronald Lee and Debra Lee (Gutschenritter) Wheeler. Fondly known as "Brady", he grew up in Glenwood, Iowa, graduating from Glenwood High School, Class of 2014. Following high school, Brady attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he graduated with a degree in Construction Technology.
Brady continued to further his education by gaining valuable knowledge from his employment at Loess Hills Renovations, while attending UNO as a full-time student. He was set to graduate in Construction Management this spring. Brady had a talent and enthusiasm for construction design. He could be found building a deck, tiling a bathroom, or remodeling a kitchen. He took great pride in his work and possessed a strong work ethic.
Brady was a sports enthusiast who excelled in baseball, basketball, soccer, track, and cross country during his high school years. He earned the "Glenwood Distinguished Athletic Award," lettering in 13 varsity sports. He continued his love for sports, playing slow pitch softball and golf. Most important to Brady was his close circle of friends. He was a wonderful son, a great brother, and a good friend to all who knew and loved him.
Brady passed away on July 11, 2019 at the age of 23 years, 1 month, and 1 day. He fought a courageous battle against Brain Cancer. He lived by the quote of Stuart Scott, "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live." His family and friends, #WheelerWarriors, can attest to his fighting spirit and determination. All are comforted, knowing his dad, Ron, was waiting with open arms to continue the game of catch they both so loved.
He was preceded in death by his father Ron, his grandparents, Delmus and Patricia Gutschenritter, and Carl and Donna Wheeler.
Brady is survived by his mother Debra Wheeler of Glenwood; brother Kyle Lee Wheeler of Chicago, IL; extended relatives; and a host of friends.
Debbie we send our deepest condolences. No words can express the loss and empty pain. May God be your steady guide each day ahead. Love Jann and Dan Strutzenberg
Debbie and Kyle, I’m so very sorry about Brady. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Prayers are with u. Overcomer showed that cancer cannot defeat u make u stronger.
Debbie & Kyle - We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that we are thinking of you and praying that God gives you comfort and peace.
Steve & Joni Knight
My deepest sympathy to the Wheeler family. My son and daughter and my family were so blessed to know Brady. I have so many wonderful memories of him playing baseball and playing in the neighborhood . I love your picture of Brady because it represents him so perfectly. . He always had a smile . I will miss him very much . I know in my heart that him and his father are playing catch at the ultimate field of dreams !
I so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know are in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏. Lynn Henn Theobald
We don’t know why God takes the life of one so young. Although I didn’t know Brady, I have a son the same age. Just know that he is with his Dad now as well as his Grandparents on both sides. I have great memories of our days at South Page with Ron, my classmate, and Deb, my cousin.
I know you raised your boys Deb to be great men and he will be sorely missed on this Earth, but think of all of those little kids he gets to throw the ball to in Heaven. God needed that kind of helper for the little kids.
Let that bring both of you comfort. Hugs to you both Deb and Kyle.
Doris Christen (Christensen)
so sorry for your loss. prayers and sympathy to you and your family. He really enjoyed life
So sorry for your loss. Life is so unfair at times. Such a young vibrant life lost to cancer. Can only send prayers and condolences at this painful time. He accomplished a lot during his short life. He is with God and his family now. No more pain or Drs. Praying for healing.
My heart is broken for you, Debra and Kyle... fond memories of both of you amazing boys in Kindergarten. May your memories give you comfort and your faith give you hope for the eternal reunion! 🙏🏼Hugs and prayers. 💞Mrs. Simonsen
We were so very sorry to hear about Brady. Sending thoughts and prayers. Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there's a memory they live on in our hearts.
We are so sorry to hear about Brady. We are praying for you and your family to bring you comfort and courage to face the days ahead, and to find peace in God's healing grace. Tom and Chris Boldt
So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Darla Sullivan
May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. Jim and Colette Chiesa
Words cannot express the grief that comes with Brady's passing. He was an energetic, lively young man who filled the world with his big personality and was a wonderful friend to so many. Prays and hugs to Deb and Kyle
I am so saddened to hear of Brady’s passing! I have such wonderful memories of Brady when he was a little spunky boy! He gave big hugs and had a grin that would melt your heart! He will be greatly missed forever! Sending hugs, prayers and love to Debbie & Kyle.
Prayers for your family. I remember when Brady and Caleb played soccer together. Thinking of you.
I am so sorry to hear this. I remember him as a spunky little soccer player. Thinking so much about this family. No words can really comfort.
A spark in his eye and a million dollar grin, a spirited young man who was such a great gift to those around him! Our hearts go out to Deb in this tragic loss.
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