Resident Richard Wheaton is Enjoying Friendly Neighbors and Fun Activities at The Fountains

Life’s journey can be so much more enjoyable when you choose to live in an environment of friendship and support.

“I had lived in a house not far from here, Kings Highway and 35th Street. I lived there after she passed away about eight or nine years. It was getting pretty rough.” – Richard Wheaton, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar

You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Richard Wheaton on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)

Growing up during the Great Depression, Richard followed his family wherever there was work, helping his missionary father build houses and farm the land from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. However, he always considered Missouri home. After serving as a bombardier through D-Day in WWII, he returned to Independence where he married and raised seven children. Working as an engineer, Richard built interstate highways, railroads, bridges, power plants, aqueducts and reservoirs, visiting 48 states along the way. At The Fountains since 2015, the former Church of Christ minister enjoys outings, playing bridge and conducting archaeology research on the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which he plans to present at a future Watermark University class at The Fountains.

Sometimes the best options for your health and happiness are staring you right in the face, but if you don’t open your eyes to the possibilities, you may never even know they’re there. After his wife died, Richard Wheaton endured increasing isolation and loneliness for eight years. Meanwhile, just five miles away, unbeknownst to him, was a future of contentment with his name all over it. A lifestyle filled with friendships and support was just waiting to be discovered. The moment he found The Fountains at Greenbriar, he knew it was for him. Changes are inevitable as you age. Getting to know your options now could save you years of heartache down the road. Let us help you get started. “The atmosphere is so uplifting here. I’ve been very well impressed and enjoyed it.” – Richard Wheaton

After their kids were grown, Richard and his wife were ministering on the Navajo reservation when she took ill. Rushing back to Missouri, he lovingly cared for her the next 11 years. Experiencing his own health challenges by then, Richard was considering hiring help when his kids stepped in and researched area retirement communities for him. The day he visited The Fountains, he decided on the spot to move in. In 2017, you’ll find Richard’s beautiful painting of the Arizona desert featured in Expressions, Watermark’s calendar celebrating active aging and the arts. “When I came in the door, all that friendly greeting, that was the place for me and I didn’t look anywhere else.” – Richard Wheaton

Richard was delighted to learn that he could comfortably afford the rent on his new carefree lifestyle, thanks to help from his VA disability benefit. The overall positive effect of the move on his life was immediate and gratifying. “…the big difference is that I have a whole lot more contact with other people. Of course, being in ministry, I enjoy people. We have a lot of interesting conversations with them, not just on religion but, on religion some but, just family and what’s going on in the world that sort of thing…” – Richard Wheaton


Meet Richard in person over a cup of coffee in our Gallery Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-816-425-2157 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.



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