Gordon Francis Wyatt was born June 10, 1929 in Bethel, Minn. to Archie Sr. and Jessie (Wicklander) Wyatt. He attended grade school in a rural school at Coopers Corner. School was a very boring place and he was anxious to get out and begin working. He drove trucks for several different companies and worked as a mechanic at the Ford Garage in Cambridge. In 1947 he began working with his brothers, Willis and Erle in Spring Lake Park where they started a gas and service station. In 1949 he became a partner with them. They started Wyatt Bros Ready Mix Concrete Co. in 1952. He especially enjoyed working with the mechanical part of the company.
Gordy designed ready-mix trucks with hydraulic lift axels and one with two front steering axels. The first of its kind. He was written up in several concrete magazines as to his working designs and fuel saving ideas. He always worked the late hours to see that the trucks were in and repaired and fueled for the next day. The brothers believed in good service to the customer.
They worked hard and also played hard. The brothers had boats, airplanes and motor homes together and always got along. In later years Gordy and Betty had several different airplanes and motor homes to enjoy along with motorcycling, ATV’s and snowmobiles. Snowmobiling in the West Yellowstone area was a yearly vacation in February that they enjoyed for 40 years. The Monaco Motor Coach Club became like an extended family to them as they enjoyed going to rallies and traveling together for 18 years.
Gordy and Betty were married in 1954 and enjoyed 57 ½ years together. They never had children but got to enjoy the nieces and nephews and their families. They helped start a Baptist church in Circle Pines in 1956 and served there until they moved to Isanti in 1971. Elim Baptist Church has been their home church since.
Gordy lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, April 19 and went to be home with his Lord. He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Sr. and Jessie Wyatt; sister, Jane Sanders; brothers, Leigh, Willis and Erle; and brothers-in-law, George Johnson and Arthur Sanders. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Betty; brother, Archie Wyatt Jr. (JoAnn) of Bethel; sister, Mary Hershaw of Moundsview; sisters-in-law, Minnie, Margaret, and Myrtice Wyatt, and Myrna Johnson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2012 at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti with Pastor Ryan O’Leary officiating. Mary Falk will serve as soloist and Marlene Hartzell as pianist. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel and also one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.