Monday, June 30, 2008

WASP Ruth Hagemann Wheeler, 43-W-5

Ruth Wheeler, age 93 and a resident of Dallas, passed away peacefully with her family beside her, June 9, 2008.

During WWII Ruth was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She was also a member of the African Violet Society of America and was the Sunday School Superintendent for Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas for generations of church families.

After the war Ruth raised two children and helped start a family real estate business in Dallas.

She is survived by her two children, Thomas Wheeler Jr. and Sylvia Wheeler; and leaves behind her sister, Elizabeth Clark Beazley; her two devoted dogs, Sally & Christy; and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

The funeral service is 2:00 Thursday, June 12 at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Reverend Tim McLemore officiating. Burial will follow Friday, June 13 in El Campo, TX. No visitation will be held prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kessler Park UMC or the Dallas Zoological Society, 650 S. R L Thornton, Dallas, TX 75203.

reprinted from the Dallas Morning News, June 12, 2008


  1. Ruthie was one of my mom's classmates (43-W-5) and closest friends in the WASP. Mom chose my middle name to honor Ruth and their friendship. I never got to meet her, but I have wonderful photographs of Mom and Ruthie together at Avenger, smiling away.


    Melissa Ruth Jordan

  2. My mothers name is Ruth Hagemann. My name is Sylvia. What a strange coincidence with the names of those guys!

  3. RIP WASP. Thank you for your service.

  4. Eugene Hagemann, Jr.November 11, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Ruth was my aunt. I never knew until her passing that she was a WASP. I believe that is what has inspired me to get my pilot certificate. Have fond memories from when I was small, visiting with her regularly.