S/O Noah DeKalb & Martha (Mattie) Lucretia Hardy Wyatt. Attended school through 11th grade and then had to drop out in order to work to allow a younger brother to attend davinity school. Served in USMC during WW I with duty in France and Germany receiving the Purple Heart for wounds and the Croix de Guerre from the French government. Employed by St Louis San Francisco/Burlington Northern Railroad from 1920-1963. Married to Bessie Lorene Davis on 15 Aug 1921 in West Plains, Howell Co, MO.