James Wheeler

James Wheeler, who laid pipe for the Alaska Pipeline, has been featured in a national magazine.


Wheeler is currently a resident at Life Care Center of Ocala, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center run by Life Care Centers of America. The company manages more than 200 centers around the country and publishes a handful of residents’ life stories each year in its LEADER magazine. Wheeler’s story was recently published in the 2017 edition.


Wheeler left his first job as a coal miner in Putney, West Virginia, to go to school to learn pipe fitting. His work took him to Nigeria for two years, and then to Alaska for three years to work on the construction of the Alaska Pipeline, one of the largest pipelines in the world. Wheeler and his wife retired to West Virginia in 1977, before moving to Ocala, Florida, to be closer to family.


For more information or to obtain a complimentary copy of LEADER magazine, stop by Life Care Center of Ocala, or call 352-873-7570. You may also read the story here.