MILLINOCKET - Perley E. Wheaton, 76, passed away peacefully on Sept. 18, 2013, at home with his family after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 7, 1937, in Brookton, the son of Douglas and Eleanor (Thornton) Wheaton, both of whom are predeceased.
Perley graduated from Lee Academy where he met his high school sweetheart, Shirley, who meant the world to him; they were married for over 35 years before her passing in 1999.
He is survived by his two children; daughter, Cheryl Collinsworth and her husband, Michael; son, Michael Wheaton and his wife, Sharon, of Hampden; five grandchildren, Amy and Aaron Collinsworth, David, Tyler and Michaela Wheaton; dearest cousins, Ronald, Paul, and Philip Thornton; many special family members; as well as his best friend, Donat Busque; and all those who were part of the Millinocket Ford/Mercury family.
Perley was a life member of the Elks, B.P.O.E. 1521, the Anah Temple, Provost Guard. Perley owned and operated the Millinocket Ford/Mercury car dealership before his retirement in 2000. He sold cars for over 40 years and is remembered by many from his 1980s radio jingle "There Ain't No Beatin' Perley Wheaton." Perley loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and snowmobiling. He was a big fan of Nascar, the Red Sox and Patriots, never missing a game if possible. Perley loved animals and had many over his lifetime. Most recently he shared his chair with two papillons, a chihuahua and a German shepherd.
Friends may visit with the family 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, with Deacon Danny Watson officiating. Interment will be at Millinocket Cemetery. Gifts in Perley's memory may be sent to the Community Health and Counseling Hospice, P.O. Box 208, Lincoln, ME, 04457. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com