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Farewell to a Georgia Hero: Commissioner Pete Wheeler

April 22, 2015
Pete Wheeler standing in front of the American and Georgia flags

Georgia lost a great man on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

92-year-old, Pete Wheeler, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), served the state of Georgia for 66 years, becoming our longest-tenured state employee.

He joined the department in 1949 as its director of education. Five years later, he was appointed as the Commissioner. Since then, he’s been reappointed 15 times serving under 12 Georgia Governors.

Commissioner Wheeler served in World War II with the U.S. Army. He attended the University of Georgia, and in 1949 he joined the State Bar of Georgia, where he served for more than 50 years. In 1950, he became part of the Georgia National Guard, serving for 28 years.

Always committed to the veterans of Georgia and deeply respected by those who had the privilege of knowing him, Commissioner Wheeler’s legacy will not be forgotten.

For more information about Commissioner Wheeler and details about his funeral service, check in with the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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