He and his wife, Barbara Rebecca (Foltz) Wyatt, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 2011.
Ken was born July 10, 1937, in Champaign, the fourth child of Golda Christine (Strode) Wyatt and Herman William Wyatt, farmers in Champaign County. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Agribusiness and from the Graduate Program in Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He was a banker in central Illinois, at Citizens National Bank of Macomb, First National Bank of Ottawa and Citizens Bank of Albion. He later founded and became president of Bay Bank on Dauphin Island, Ala.
Following 35 years in banking, Ken became an investment broker and financial adviser, associated most recently with Stiffel Nicholas. In 2003, he opened RMA in Punta Gorda, with a branch office in The Villages, Fla., which his son Robert Wyatt opened in 2012.
Ken was active in the Masonic Lodge, serving as Past Master of Ottawa, Ill., Lodge No. 40, and with Jaycees, The Lions Club, Elks Lodge and Rotary International. He also enjoyed camping, downhill skiing, hiking and reading non-fiction "finds" from libraries and book sales. He was a member of the Isles Yacht Club in Punta Gorda.
Ken was a lifetime, faithful member of the First United Methodist Church. His charitable heart and generous giving made a difference in the lives of many, including, for example: the transient residents at the Hotel for Men in Chicago, for whom he would personally prepare and deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners; and the young families to whom he gave money (anonymously) simply because they needed it, even though he did not know them personally. He supported many charitable organizations and donated his sports car to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Charlotte County.
His guidance, patience and quiet strength gave each of his four children a childhood of wonder and love. His children and grandchildren delighted in his youthfulness, humor and spirit of adventure.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Ella Mae Wyatt; two half-brothers, Cleo and Harold Wyatt; and a half-sister, Gertrude Wyatt.
He is survived by, in addition to his wife, Barbara; his brother, Donald (Nancy) Wyatt of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Dr. Willetta Silva of Phoenixville, Pa., and Sandra (Earle) Zimmerman of Danville; one half-brother, Mel (Bobby) Wyatt of Clearwater, Fla.; nephews, Jimmy Wyatt and Denny (Rose) Wyatt and niece, Linda Sue Wyatt of Champaign-Urbana; three daughters, Rebecca (Spike) Wyatt of Gary, Ind., Kathryn Wyatt of Olympia, Wash., and Laura Wyatt of Chicago; one son, Robert (Kerrylyn) Wyatt of The Villages, Fla.; five grandchildren, Adam, Alexis, Rachel, Goldie and Skyler; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (John) Burch of Punta Gorda and Marge (Terry) Perkins of Mahomet; brother-in-law, Marvin (Kathy) Foltz of Medina, Ohio; and many more beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today (Friday, July 13) at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E. Marion Ave. in Punta Gorda. In memory of Ken, please help someone when you can, just for the good of it. To light a candle in Ken's name, please visit www.kays-ponger.com