August 17, 1945 - October 29, 2015
Chester Lee Wheless Jr., of Dallas, Texas, passed away peacefully on October 29th, 2015 at the age of 70. He was born in El Paso, Texas on August 17th, 1945 to the late Chester Lee Wheless & Joyce Penick Wheless. Chet was raised in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas. He graduated from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi then went on to the great University of Texas at Austin, and took his burnt orange pride to SMU where he graduated from law school. He had a genuine devotion to helping others which he brought to life daily through his long time profession as an immigration attorney.
Chet is a three-time survivor of myelodysplastic syndrome. He underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2000, another in 2014 and one again just this September. With God’s blessing, his dear brother Jay was the donor for all three of these miraculous transplants. Ultimately, after Chet’s most recent transplant, complications led to his final passing on the three year anniversary of the death of his beloved mother with whom he was very close. In his final days, he was surrounded by his wife, all of his five children and many other loving family members.
Chet was a man of great faith and an active parishioner at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano, TX. He was involved with RCIA, Men’s Fellowship and the Knights of Columbus Council 11716, where he was known as “The Waffle Guy” for his amazing waffles at their gourmet Sunday breakfasts.
Chet is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Ludy Ortega Wheless, his five children; Lee Wheless (and wife Dolores), Michelle Upshaw (and husband Mark), Wendy Wheless (and husband John Cluley), Wesley Wheless and Jonathan Wheless, his four grandchildren; Major, Max, Madison and Macie, his brothers; Kim Wheless and Jay Wheless, as well as extended family and friends.
Chet will be remembered for the wisdom found in his words, his gentle, kind nature, and also his infectious laugh, his lifelong support of the Texas Longhorns and his delicious homemade ice cream.
Services are set for Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11am at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Plano, TX. Flowers for the service and family can be sent to the church: 5100 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093. (972) 380-2100.
Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252