Roger (Rodger) Milton Wheless died March 18 in Oklahoma City. He was born Oct. 23, 1928 to Rodger and Margaret Wheless in Kansas City, Mo. He was the oldest of 10 children. He grew up on cotton farms in central Texas, but the family eventually moved to Borger, Texas, where he went to high school. He entered the army in September 1946. He went to Ft. Monmouth for radio school and then left for Guam. Army time was also spent in Siapan and Tinian. After his discharge from the army, he returned to Borger where he married Naomi Selfridge in 1953. In 1955 their daughter, Trina Gay, was born. Wheless worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in Borger but later moved the family to Pryor in 1968 where he worked at NREN/Wil-Gro fertilizer plant until 1995. He retired but studied for his CLEET license and became a security guard for the Grand River Electric Plant for two years. He and Naomi moved to Oklahoma City in 2005 to be close to their daughter, Trina, and son-in-law Bill Geer.
He is survived by his brother Jimmy Ray Wheless of Norman; sister Joan Lawson of Amarillo, Texas; Wayne Wheless of Borger, Texas, Joyce Hannon of Borger, Texas, Winnie Littrell of Borger, Texas, Patsy Sims of Fritch, Texas, Sherman Wheless of Borger, Texas, and daughter Trina Geer of Oklahoma City.
Wheless was preceded in death by his sister Mary Nell (Sissy), father Rodger Sherman Wheless, mother Margaret Erin (Allen) Wheless, brother Leroy (Sonny) Wheless, and wife Naomi Deane (Selfridge) Wheless.
He loved family and leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews as well as beloved in-laws, friends and his cat Goldie. He loved his guitar, old country music, golf, and all Oklahoma State University sports. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy, Texas Ranger, and OKC Thunder fan.
Services are at Bill Merritt Funeral Home, 6201 NW 39th Expy., Bethany, Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Viewing is Friday, March 22 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. until noon. In honor of his love for his children, in lieu of flowers donate in his memory to your favorite children’s charity.