Profiles: Duke Wheeler

Located in Whitehouse, Wheeler Farms is an idyllic place, one enjoyable during every season. A perfect venue for a barn-style wedding, the Farm has a very impressive corn maze in the fall, a Christmas tree farm in the winter and a butterfly house open during the spring and summer.

“My wife and I liked the idea of growing Christmas trees and the positive impact farms in general have on their communities,” explains Duke Wheeler. Interaction with people is what he enjoys most about his work, and customers feel the same way, describing Wheeler as genuine, knowledgeable and friendly.

During the holiday season, visitors can enjoy a wagon ride and hot chocolate while buying their Christmas tree. With ponies roaming in the pastures, visitors savor the experience. Since retiring, Wheeler can spend even more time at the Farm. “I was a physical therapist for close to 40 years,” he said. “I retired from therapy in 2015, and now my primary focus is Wheeler Farms.”

What is something you have always wanted to do? Since I was 25 years old, my wife and I have had gardens. I have enjoyed nature and the outdoors since I was young.
What do you admire in people? Hard work, honesty, initiative and consideration of others.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I’m scared of snakes.
What are the words you live by? We are all family.
What advice would you give to the younger you? Do what you love and do it well.
Who is someone you’d like to meet? Pope Francis.
What inspires you now? My wife, kids and grandkids.
Who do you most admire? My wife.

Born and raised in Toledo, Wheeler is the second oldest of ten children. He and his wife met in high school and are celebrating 42 years of marriage this month. After 40 years of working in physical therapy, Wheeler enjoys spending time outdoors with his family (three children and five grandchildren) and giving back with programs like Trees for the Troops. Learn more about the programs and events at Wheeler Farms at wheelerfarms.com.

Bonus Facts

What is your pet peeve? Dishonesty and procrastination.
Favorite food? Whatever is in front of me at the time.
Favorite movie? Swiss Family Robinson.

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