A loving husband and father, Louis (Dean) Adrain Wheatley Sr., born June 7, 1942, passed away peacefully among family and friends on Saturday December 11, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the young age of 79.  

Dean was the type of man to do whatever it took to provide for his family, with no complaints.

He was proud of his longtime career with the airline industry. He worked there from 1966 until his retirement in 2006. First, with Southern Airways, then Republic Airlines, and finally Northwest Airlines

He was a passionate lifelong gardener and enjoyed his retirement growing vegetables and tending to his small farm.

He is the second youngest of 9 brothers and sisters and is preceded in death by his mother Francis Elmira and father William Ellis Sr., plus 5 other siblings.

He left this world only 8 days short of his 57th wedding anniversary with loving wife Jannie. The rest of his remaining family include three children, Austin, Louis (wife Teresa) Regina (husband Albert). Three grandchildren, Trey (wife Hope), Paige (husband Steve), Ashley (husband Jarrod).

He was baptized as a member of the Jehovah's Witness Organization on April 9, 2011, and served Jehovah joyfully since then.

He chose to be cremated and there will be an online service done for him (date TBD) to accommodate distant family and friends.