Ernest “Owen” Wyatt, 97, of Warrensburg, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 3, at Western Missouri Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb.8 at Sweeney-Phillips and Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg with Pastor Jerry Basye officiating. Pallbearers will be Troy Wyatt, Jeremy Wyatt, Steven Pfost, Kent Wyatt, Steve Bardell, Densil Allen and Gary Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Lynde, Bill Brenner, Dale Slifer and Tom King.
Interment will follow at Warrensburg Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church and may be left in care of the funeral home.
He was born July 1, 1916, in Leeton, Mo., the son of Lester W. and Mary Ann (Reynolds) Wyatt.
On Nov. 28, 1942, he married Mary Jane Guynn in Clinton, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2005.
Owen was a graduate of Leeton High School class of 1932. In 1942, he was inducted into Company I, 313th Infantry, 79th Division of the U.S. Army and was discharged as staff sergeant on Oct. 20, 1942. From 1943 to 1945 he was a district salesman for the Cudahy Meat Packing Company in Durango, Colo. In 1945, he became an agent for Mobil Oil Company in Warrensburg, Mo. In 1961, he became a distributor “jobber,” known as Wyatt Oil Company, for Skelly Oil, which was a subsequently became Getty and Texaco. Owen retired in 2001. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Elks Lodge 673 and American Legion Post 131.
Owen is survived by three sons, Dr. Michael Lee Wyatt and wife Karen of Santa Monica, Calif.; Patrick Owen Wyatt and wife Lynda of Blue Springs, Mo.; and James Jeffery Wyatt and wife Kathy of Warrensburg, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Tammy Bardwell and husband Steve; Kent Wyatt and wife Pam; Troy Wyatt and wife Jenny; Jeremy Wyatt and wife Neely; Kelli Bickley and husband Chad; Steven Pfost and wife Melissa; Kristi Westhead and husband Steve; and Kimberly Wyatt; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents.