Leonard L. "Jr." Wyatt Jr., 66, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 14, 1946, in Calhoun County, son of the late Leonard L. and Mary H. Galloway Wyatt. He first married Sharon Farmer and of this union a son was born, Michael (wife, Kelly) Wyatt and their children, Jordin and Evin, all of Jacksonville. He later married Geraldine "Gerry" Knight on Oct. 26, 2002, in Elsah, and she survives.
Also surviving is a stepdaughter Carmen (husband, Dennis) Wittmer of Palmyra; a stepson, Ronald (wife, Linda) Anderson of Auburn; stepgrandchildren, Brooke Anderson of Jacksonville and Austin Wittmer of Palmyra; one sister, Margaret Snyder of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Claudine Galvan; and one brother, Bobby Wyatt.
Mr. Wyatt was a past employee of Mobil Chemical in Jacksonville and recently was a retired employee of Jacksonville Cemeteries. A Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Army, he received a Purple Heart, as well as National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Marksman and Combat Infantryman Badge and Good Conduct Medal. Leonard and Kim Splain walked to Washington, D.C., to raise money to build the tribute wall in Washington. It took eight weeks and they wore out three pairs of shoes. He was a lifetime member and past Commander of the American Legion. He was an ultimate outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and looking for Morel mushrooms. He also enjoyed working in his yard, garden and tending to his flowers. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will be at Diamond Grove Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Combined Veterans Ceremonial Team. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Jacksonville American Legion. Condolences may be left to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 28, 2012