Arlington service set for John Wheeler

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.

April 29, 2011 4:54:29 AM PDT
The U.S. military is paying final respects to a former Pentagon official from Delaware whose slaying last year remains a mystery.

The ashes of John P. Wheeler III are to be placed at 9 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Wheeler's body was found Dec. 31 at a Delaware landfill in a load of trash collected in Newark, Del. Police say the 66-year-old New Castle resident died from blunt-force trauma.

He was last seen alive the night of Dec. 30 in downtown Wilmington. Police say they are actively investigating the case but have no suspects.

Wheeler was a graduate of West Point, Harvard Business School and Yale law school.

His 45 years in defense work included a key role in establishing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.