I suspect that his marriage to Alta May was his second, as I find the following marriage in 1880, also in Michigan.
groom's name: John James Wheeler
groom's age: 23 years
groom's birth date: 1857
groom's birthplace: Ovel, Canada
bride's name: Adelaide Delia Rice
bride's age: 19 years
bride's birth date: 1861
bride's birthplace: Ada, Michigan
marriage date: 25 Jun 1880
marriage place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan
I found a second marriage for Adelaide D. Rice in 1887, which suggests that they likely divorced.
I also found the original of his marriage to Ada in which he names his parents as Wilford Wheeler & Larsey (sp?) Gilbert.