GEORGIA REPUBLICANS MOURN THE LOSS OF PETE WHEELER
April 22, 2015
Pete Wheeler, commissioner of the Georgia Veterans Service for more than 60 years, died yesterday at the age of 92. The longest serving tenured employee in state government, Wheeler took office in 1954 and served under twelve governors.
“Today, Georgians throughout the state mourn the loss of Pete Wheeler,” said Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett. “For over sixty-six years, Pete worked to honor our nation’s heroes through tireless service and bold advocacy. He fought for those who battled on our behalf. Pete Wheeler sacrificed for those who laid it all on the line for our freedom.
“During this time of sadness, our thoughts and prayers are with Pete’s family and loved ones. He will be sorely missed but his contributions to our state and our veterans community will not be forgotten.”
Pete Wheeler served as an Army infantry instructor during World War II and later joined the National Guard. Wheeler chaired the National World War II Memorial Advisory Board and earned top honors from the VFW, American Legion, and other veterans organizations.