Ernest Steven ‘Steve’ Wheaton

Ernest Steven “Steve” Wheaton, 63, of Marietta, passed away Monday (May 13, 2013) at his home surrounded by family. He was born on March 16, 1950, in Marietta, a son of Ernest and Joretta Payne Wheaton.

He was a member of Moss Run Community Church and a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1968. Steve was a U.S. Marine veteran and served in the Vietnam War and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 5108. He loved baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians.

On May 2, 1974, he married Karen Westbrook Wheaton, who survives with one son, Robert M. “Bobby” Wheaton, his mother, Joretta Wheaton Reynolds, and sister, Stefanie (Don) Arnold, all of Marietta.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest M. Wheaton; brother, Robert K. Wheaton; and grandparents, Warren and Mildred Wheaton and George and Fern Payne; stepfather, Wilfred “Salty” Varner; and stepfather, Chester Reynolds.

Funeral services will be held on Friday (May 17) at 11 a.m. at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Smith officiating with full military rites. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday after 2 p.m. with family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Messages of sympathy may be sent at

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association or Wounded Warriors.