Steven Dale Wheeler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his home. He was 57 years old. Steven was born in Hobart, Oklahoma, on August 31, 1965, the son of Dale Melton Wheeler and Judith Ann (Ethridge) Wheeler.
Steven graduated from Western Heights High School with the Class of 1983 and went on to attend Oklahoma Christian University. He had a long, varied, and rewarding career, beginning with manufacturing basketball goals for Victory Athletics. He continued his career working on the staff at Highpoint Adolescent Treatment Center, and for the past 25 years, Steven was his father’s business partner and worked as a Payroll Specialist and Accountant at their shared company.
Big-hearted, daredevilish, kind, and wild – Steven was all of these things, and more. He was a longtime member of the Oakcrest Church of Christ and enjoyed all the friends he made there along the way. Not only was Steven kind to his fellow man, but he was also exceptionally fond of animals, rescuing many stray dogs and cats over the years. Since he was very young, he loved taking risks and lived for adrenaline rushes. He enjoyed boating, jet skiing, four-wheeling, snow skiing, and riding his motorcycle any chance he got. In his down time, you could often find Steven spending quality time with the love of his life Kelly, listening to his favorite classic rock and country music, watching his favorite sports, including Buffalo Bills and OU Sooners football, and Thunder basketball, or watching his favorite shows – he loved The Bold and the Beautiful, and never missed an episode of Yellowstone.
Most importantly, Steven’s proudest accomplishment in life was always his son, Evan. From the time he was born, Evan was his dad’s entire world, and the absolute light of his life. Steven was a wonderful father, partner, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be very deeply missed.
He is preceded in death by his beloved dog and best friend, Oso.
Left to cherish his memory are his life partner of 30 years, Kelly Evans; his son, Evan Wheeler; his parents, Judy and Dale Wheeler; one sister, Debbie Wilson and her significant other, Tommy Sanders; his father-in-law, James R. Evans; a niece, Alyse Selby, and a nephew, Brandon Wilson; along with two great-nephews, Aaron Jeffries, and Nathan Jeffries, a great-niece, Alyzabeth Jeffries, and many other loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends.