Truckin’ Bozo moderator, friend to truckers dies

| 5/30/2007

Barb Wyatt, long-time moderator of the Truckin’ Bozo Interactive Forum, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007. She was 70.

“Barb was a first-class lady. Devoted to truckers and others who needed help on the chat room or Interactive and she spent many hours helping her fellow man/woman,” the Truckin’ Bozo, Dale Sommers, wrote on his forum shortly after learning of her death.

Wyatt was revered among truckers in the industry, called “Mom” by many. She was a tireless advocate of truckers – an unlikely role late in life considering her diverse career choices and talents, but not when taking into account her giving nature and kind heart.

In her lifetime, Wyatt handled dispatch duties for a small sheriff’s office, became Ohio’s first female first responder, wrote and edited a sales catalog for a hardware company, and was a “store detective” – which was the term then used for loss prevention officer – for a large department store.

She eventually put her nursing degree and license to use at Briarwood Manor in Coldwater, OH, not to mention serving as a Red Cross volunteer at various annual events. She also volunteered in the Red Cross office. She greatly enjoyed another adventure as an employee of the late Common Pleas Judge Dean James, managing the Bureau of Child Support and also serving as a probation officer. For many years she also did Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels.

“I will truly miss her, but as I said earlier, Barb is undoubtedly very happy tonight for she is with God and never again will she fear cancer or where she is going to get enough to pay her bills,” Sommers said. “She will never know pain again and in fact she is in a much better place than we are.”

Friends told Land Line she died of a heart attack.

Wyatt is survived by two sons, John Wyatt and his wife, Mary, of Celina, OH; and Donald Wyatt of Celina; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Marie Wyatt, who died in infancy, and a sister, Susanne Luken.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at W.H. Dick & Sons Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina. Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 1, at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Withamsville, OH.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Candle SIDS Alliance at 1-800-221-7437 or to the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics at (202) 628-3630.