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Obituary for Joseph Latham "Joe" Wheeler

Joseph Latham Wheeler, “Joe”, 60, of Bushwood, MD, passed away on March 29, 2024. Born on November 12, 1963 in Leonardtown, MD, he was the son of the late James Leonard Wheeler and the late Agnes Cecilia Wheeler. Joe is survived by his wife, Ann Wheeler, of Bushwood, MD, whom he married on May 10, 2008 in Avenue, MD, his sons Ryan Wheeler of Clements, MD, Danny Hazell of Ardmore, PA, and Joseph Hazell of Huntingtown, MD, his sisters, Betty Ann Riffle (Pat), Debbie Hall (Mike), Theresa McKinney (Ricky), and Mary Kennett (George), his brother, James Leonard Wheeler, his granddaughter, Ella Hazell, his cherished goddaughters, Katie Hunt, Laura Woodburn, and Tiffany McKinney, many nieces and nephews, his closest friends, Jeffrey and Kathy Kreps, Andy and Renee Lettau, and Juliet and Rich Brown, as well as his faithful, four-legged companions, Parker, King, and Misty. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara McKay, his faithful dog of 19 years, Taco, and Sammy of eight and a half years.

Joe worked at Precise Systems as a Security Guard with the Presidential Helicopter PMA-274 program for five years. He was also a member of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff's Office for 23 years, retiring in 2010. Joe loved the water, and he enjoyed fishing, crabbing, gardening, camping, and watching sunsets. His pride and joy was his 2021 2320 Pilot House Parker boat.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where a funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 6:00 PM with Chaplain George Kinnett officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seventh Dist. Vol. Fire Department, P.O. Box 206, Avenue, MD 20609 and/or the Seventh Dist. Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD.

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Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.