John Wheeler to be buried in Arlington

Defense consultant and former presidential aide John Wheeler III, who served presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, was found dead in a Wilmington landfill December 31, 2010.

February 17, 2011 6:51:39 AM PST
A slain ex-Pentagon official, whose body was found in a Delaware landfill, will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the funeral for 66-year-old John Wheeler III will include a procession in a horse-drawn carriage and his cremated remains will be laid to rest in a columbarium at the Virginia cemetery.

The newspaper says a spokeswoman at the cemetery confirmed the funeral would begin at 9 a.m. on April 29.

A neighbor told The News Journal that Wheeler's family held a private service for him back in January.

Wheeler was a driving force behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and had worked in three presidential administrations.

His body was found among trash being dumped at a Wilmington landfill on Dec. 31. A medical examiner determined Wheeler died of blunt trauma injuries after being assaulted.

Newark police also said they still have no suspects in Wheeler's slaying.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del.,