Michael Patrick Wheeler, 65, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Christine Marie Jacques Wheeler entered into eternal rest Sunday, November 21, 2021. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road at 2:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the funeral chapel Saturday from 1:00 pm until time of the service.
Mike was born May 13, 1956 in San Diego, California, son of Shirley Jean Bishop and the late Robert Lee Wheeler. He began work at the Charleston Naval Shipyard as a machinist in Shop 38, then SDE 1390. He became the first NID Director of Training and instructed inspectors in the refueling of nuclear reactors. This intensive instruction was the first of its kind at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. His service at the Shipyard eventually led to the position of Head of Congressional and Public Affairs, including the role of Editor for the employee publication "CNSY Pride." When the Shipyard closed, Mike was the last official employee of the Charleston Naval Shipyard, wrapping up final press releases and interviews around this major event in Charleston's history. For his work at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, he was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award by the Department of the Navy. A plaque in his honor is on the Shipyard grounds.
Mike went on to work at the Medical University of South Carolina, first as Veterans Affairs Research Service Compliance Officer, then as Privacy and Information Security Officer, developing protocols and audit processes for quality assurance. He served on the MUSC faculty as an Assistant Professor. In February of 2021 he retired from MUSC, where he had most recently served as Clinical Research Program Coordinator.
He was a graduate of Webster University, earning a Masters degree in Business Management. He was an avid Disney fan, body-builder and runner, and loved participating in the Charleston Dragon Boat Race fundraisers. He most enjoyed being a dad and a grand-dad.
In addition to his wife Christine and mother Shirley, Mike is survived by his son, Michael Patrick Wheeler II (Michelle) of Washington, DC; his daughter, Parker Lane Bellamy (David) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; his sister, Denise Wheeler of North Charleston, SC; and his grandson, Tanner Bellamy.
Memorials may be directed to MUSC Foundation/Hollings Cancer Center, 18 Bee Street, MSC450, Charleston, SC 29425.