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CHARLES H. "CHARLIE" WYATT
Charles H. "Charlie" Wyatt, 86, of Quincy, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Monday (September 24, 2018). He passed away at Sunset Home surrounded by family.
Charlie was born December 29, 1931 in Quincy, to Herbert and Helen Johnston Wyatt. The night he was born, a severe snow storm kept the Doctor from coming. With the help of only her sister-in-law, Helen gave birth to a 13 pound baby on the dining room table. Charlie inherited his mother’s strength and showed immense courage throughout his life.
A football star for the Quincy Blue Devils, Charlie was well known city wide. He would travel in the summer to Kansas and Colorado to work the wheat fields, but with money being short, he traveled by hopping freight trains. On one of his journeys back to Quincy, he lost his grip while jumping onto a train and fell onto the track, losing his right leg and his dreams of a college football scholarship. His recovery was long and agonizing. During his 6 month stay at St. Mary’s Hospital, he met a young candy striper named Jeanette Pulliam starting a romance that led to a 66 year marriage.
After recovery, he attended Quincy College and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Charlie and Jeanette established and ran Wyatt Accounting Service for more than 40 years. Being extremely patriotic, Charlie made a point of approaching anyone in uniform to thank them for their service to his country.
Charlie learned to water ski on one leg and enjoyed boating with his family. He loved going fishing, playing golf, euchre, shooting pool, live music and all with a high ball in his hand. He was a member of the Cedar Crest Country Club and the Elks Lodge. A lifetime Cubs fan, he finally got to see them win the World Series in 2016!
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, he fought a long, tough heartbreaking battle. He was feisty and humorous and gave his family and his caregivers at Bickford a run for their money. Charlie attended Sunday services at Bickford and became closer to God.
Charlie is survived by his wife Jeanette; four children, Ginny O’Neal of Jacksonville, FL, Suzanne Cook of Quincy, Mark Wyatt of Canton, IL and Jim Wyatt (Erin) of Quincy; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Vinje-Cook (Jacquie) of Los Angeles, CA, Amber Schlueter (Curtis Hill) of Jacksonville, FL, Michael Cook of Quincy, Brandon Wyatt of Palmyra, MO, Mercedes Marshall (Joey) of Virginia Beach, VA, Jacob Cook (Brandie Jones) of Chicago, IL, Zachary Wyatt of Quincy and Haley Simons of Quincy; five great grandchildren including, Brennan Cook who at age 10 started the battle with his great grandpa against the illness. He was there to visit, lend a helping hand and cheer Charlie up when needed. He was great grandpa’s buddy. Thank you Bren from GG and the rest of the family. The other great grandchildren are Hope,Curtie, Jonah, June. Also surviving are a sister and brother in law and many loving nieces and nephews.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alfred and Dan Wyatt and a sister Delores “Sis” Clifford.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Doctor Patel, Linda Hageman, the staff of Bickford Assisted Living and Sunset Home for their kindness and love.
Graveside services will be held Friday afternoon (September 28, 2018) at 3:00 pm in Greenmount Cemetery with Pastor Henry Pratt officiating.
There is no visitation but friends are invited to attend the graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Charlie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
Arrangements are in the care of the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home.