site image

720 Monroe Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

site image

1117 Jackson Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

home local_florist
Semitruck 04

Douglas MacArthur Wheatley

March 11, 1942 ~ May 4, 2019 (age 77)

Douglas Wheatley

March 11, 1942- May 4, 2019


CHARLESTON – Doug was the son of Frances Wheatley and Henrietta McKinney.


Memorial visitation will be Friday, May 10, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Caudill-King Funeral Home.  His graveside service will follow at Enon Cemetery, rural Ashmore.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (A.S.P.C.A.)


He married Cheryl (Normile) his beloved wife of 59 years on November 28, 1960.  They spent 61 years together.


He has a son Dave and a daughter Cherri.  Three grandchildren, Chelsea (Shelby), Mason (Mya), and Jimmy.  One great-granddaughter, Hayven Sunshine-Marie Clapp.  He also has a brother-in-law Dale Normile of Windsor, two nieces and one nephew.


Doug was employed with Farrier Concrete for 12 years.  He became a self-employed truck driver for 9 years until his health prevented him to do that anymore.  He then mowed yards for 20 years with his beloved wife.


Doug was a LEGEND at Charleston Speedway, where he raced the number 54c.  He held many Track Championships there.  He was a HUGE supporter of his son, Dave, who raced for years and has Track Championships and also his grandson, Mason, who runs the number 54c who also has a Track Championship.


Doug and his wife Cheryl loved riding motorcycles with their friends, who he cherished dearly.  They had fun wherever they went.


Doug would “make his rounds” daily to South Side Café, Miller’s Automotive, and TCA to check on “the boys”.


He never met a stranger and was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.  He had stories for days for anyone that would listen.


Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Henrietta, his in-laws, Dave and Imogene Normile, his brother, Carl Butler and wife Naomi, Cherri’s fiance’ Josh Kapper, several Aunts and Uncles, and his beloved dog of 16 years, Kendall.


© 2019 Harper-Swickard Funeral Home & Caudill-King Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS