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“Dear Sherry & Family, I am sorry that I was not aware of this happening until the day before the funeral, I am so sorry that I was not there for you....Read More »
1 of 37 | Posted by: Reba Perkins - MO - 2nd cousin

“RIP Hero! You will never be forgotten. I Thank and Salute you with the utmost Respect and Honor! Prayers for your family and friends.... ”
2 of 37 | Posted by: Jacqueline Trudeau - MA

“Our family contiues to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your son was a great man. God Bless! ”
3 of 37 | Posted by: Kathy & Sam Hor - Columbia, MO

“Dear Sherry and family,I remember you fondly from helping us with mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversaryyou are a true friend to our family. I want...Read More »
4 of 37 | Posted by: Mitchell Linneman - Scott AFB, IL

“Children should never fight our battles. Sterling, what you have done to protect myself and my family I would have never asked you to do but yet you...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Mark and Karen Slavit - Columbia, MO

“On behalf of the North Shore Post 29, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, please accept our sincere sympathies in your loss of...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Joe Wallace - Highland Park, IL

“I didn't know you, but I will never forget you. Rest in peace Specialist Sterling Wyatt. ”
7 of 37 | Posted by: Erica Warren - Columbia, MO

“"The Light of God surrounds you; The love of God enfolds you; The power of God protects you; The presence of God watches over you; Wherever you are,...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Smith & Kilgore - Columbia, MO

“Dear Barbara and family, Words cannot possibly express the sorrow we feel for you and your family with the tragic loss of your grandson, Sterling. ...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Richard and Georgina Coder - MO

“Sterling, although we fought in different Wars,you are still my brother and my Hero ,your family will miss you everyday until it's,each of their...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Larry Dryden Sr. - Columbia, MO

“Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate. John, Kim and John R. Hiley ”
11 of 37 | Posted by: Kim Hiley - Columbia, MO

“Sherry and family, our sincere condolences to you all. You and your family are all heroes for allowing this young man to fight for our freedom. ...Read More »
12 of 37 | Posted by: Beth Bernt - Columbia, MO

“I am keeping all of you in my thought's and prayers. Your son is a true hero, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I thank you from the...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Melissa Tiffany - Columbia, MO

“Please accept my condolences to you and your family. Our Nation has lost a brave young man. May prayers of comfort keep you and may God bless...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Laurie Roark - Kansas City, MO

“I cannot imagine the pain that this family must be enduring for the loss of their son. Your son was a hero and America owes him. God bless your...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Debby Mullies - Columbia, MO

“Sherry and Randy, I just became aware that Sterling had died in Afghanistan. The news brings me great sorrow. I so enjoyed seeing your boys playing...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: John and Jane Zanol - Wenatchee, WA

“My heart aches for the Wyatt family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. You will always have love in your heart even though there is a hole there...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Karen Harms - Columbia, MO

“Words cannot express our sincere gratitude and appreciation my family feels for this soldier, son, friend. Please know that you are all in our...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Tricia Murphy- Mettle - MO

“I enjoyed watching Sterling grow up in our church from child, to teen, to a great young man. May your memories of him bring you peace till you meet...Read More »
19 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Bay - Columbia, MO

“Our condolences in you time of loss. ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Michael and Debora Bunner - MO

“Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your son. ”
21 of 37 | Posted by: Jim and Yvonne Hoerschgen - MO

“Randy and Sherry, We're so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
22 of 37 | Posted by: David & Annette Wallace - MO

“"Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10 "Jesus replied, "you do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand." John 13:7 ...Read More »
23 of 37 | Posted by: Jody Shaw - Eldon, MO

“To Sterling and his family, May the Spirit of Love continue to hold you close until that time when you share each others' joy again in the land of...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: george mummert - columbia, MO

“Very sorry for your loss. I work with Harold and Darryl so know the caliber of your family. While you and your family's loss is the most profound...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Jeff and Melissa Comparato - MO

“Having lived through what you are now experiencing my whole heart goes out to your entire family. It is possible to live through this but you will...Read More »
26 of 37 | Posted by: Rhonda Fingar - Columbia, MO

“We are so saddened by the loss of Sterling! We are praying for comfort for his family. He was such a kind and caring young man who was always ready...Read More »
27 of 37 | Posted by: Pat Pautler Family - Columbia, MO

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May God Bless you and give you the strength to know your son died to...Read More »
28 of 37 | Posted by: Donna Boos - Columbia, MO

“Our daughter, Melissa Jameson (Christie) informed us of the loss of your son. Very saddened to hear this ~ we extend our heartfelt condolences. ”
29 of 37 | Posted by: Bob & Shirley Meduna - Dickinson, ND

“Harlod/Daryl I am sorry for your families loss . God be with you we will say lots of prayers Bo Bowers ”
30 of 37 | Posted by: Bo Bowers - Centertown, MO

“Dear Barbara and family, Our hearts and prayers are with you. Love, Ann, Vickey & Marigold. ”
31 of 37 | Posted by: CMCA Foster Grandparent Program - MO

“Sherry words can not express the sadness of hear of the loss of Sterling. Just know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Michael Vaughn - Columbia, MO

“Our prayers are with his family. He will be sadly missed. ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: Gary and Alice Weil - Columbia, MO

“The sorrow of your loss is felt by many. May the thought of knowing that friends share in your sadness be of comfort to you. God Bless Specialist...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: Jim and Diane Sublett - Columbia, MO

“I just want to offer my condolences to Specialist Wyatt's family and friends. What a shame we have to lose so many young men whose intentions to...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: wayne mcmillen - Hartsburg, MO

“I offer my sympathy for your loss. ”
36 of 37 | Posted by: Butler Stringfield - Baton Rouge, LA

“The staff at Memorial Funeral Home wishes to express their sympathy to you during this difficult time. ”
37 of 37 | Posted by: Memorial Funeral Home


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On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, while on patrol in Kandahar Province Afghanistan, Specialist Sterling W. Wyatt was killed in action when his vehicle was attacked with an enemy IED. Sterling was assigned as a Gunner to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington (Jan 2011). Sterling was promoted from Private First Class to Specialist 4 days prior to his death. He has been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Medal of Valor, the Bronze Star,the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Certificate of Achievement.

Sterling was born September 4, 1990 to proud parents, Sterling R. (Randy) and Sherry (Hawk) Wyatt. He attended Shepard Elementary School, Lange Middle School, Oakland Jr. High School and Graduated in 2009 from Rock Bridge High School. During his senior year, Sterling also completed his Certified Nurse Attendant certification at Columbia Career Center.

While attending Oakland Jr. High School, Sterling was one of a small group selected to represent the City of Columbia via an exchange program with Hakusan City,Japan. Ms. Jean Selby, sponsor of this adventure wrote in a Facebook post, "Taking you to Japan on the exchange program and writing a letter of support for your Eagle Scout recognition are highlights when I look back. You stood for everything good in this world. I cannot fathom why your life was cut so short with all you stood for and had to offer."

Sterling was active in his church youth group and operator of the soundboard at First Baptist Church Columbia. He had a very discerning ear for music, and had a love for fun and was full of life.

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