SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) -- Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning that Grayson County Sheriff's Office Capt. Rickey Wheeler has lost his battle with cancer.
Wheeler was born in Durant, Okla., and grew up in Denison. He was a proud graduate of Denison High School, and a man who knew from a young age he wanted to serve.
Wheeler worked his way up through the ranks of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office during the past quarter-century. He also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
"He had a sense of humor that was different kind of mischevious, but fun and incredibly intelligent," Watt said of Wheeler.
During Wheeler's tenure at the Sheriff's Department, he filled a lot of different roles, most recently as head of the enforcement division.
"If you were doing right he was your best friend," Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said. "If you were committing crimes he was aggressively trying to make sure you got punished. He was a guy who believed in right and wrong."
Wheeler loved the Denison Yellow Jackets, and was a die hard Oklahoma Sooners fan. He also loved to give back to those in need.
Wheeler served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Grayson County Children's Advocacy Center, The House of Eli, and the Grayson County Crisis Center.
Wheeler was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer earlier this year. To help with his fight, the community he served rallied around him and his family, raising more than $30,000 for his medical bills and to help his family.
Those benefits were very successful because of the people that came out to support him," Watt said. A couple of times through tears he expressed how grateful he was."
Wheeler is survived by his wife and two sons.
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