Jackie Wayne Barrett, 66, died at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Mo., April 27, 2013. He was born Oct. 26, 1946 at the family home in rural Sidney to Jack C. and Mary A. (Scott) Barrett.
He attended Sidney Elementary before his family moved to Hamburg, where he finished elementary school and graduated high school. He loved sports and played football and basketball for the Hamburg Wildcats.
He joined the Marines and served in Vietnam for two years, arriving home without sight in his right eye. He married Marge Carey of Nebraska City. They had four children and later divorced.
He worked maintenance at Waubonsie State Park and co-owned Barrett Trash Service with his father in the 1970s. He worked construction in Kansas and on oil rigs in Texas. His health failed in the 1990s and he moved to Springfield Mo., and later to Danville, Mo. His memory started failing in 2003 and he moved to St. Joseph, Mo., to be closer to family, living in several residential care facilities before being admitted to the Veterans Home in June 2012.
He was a rebel and free spirit. He was happiest when he could have his Coca-Colas, Pall Mall cigarettes and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He would always ask for 14 pieces, eating a few and saving the rest for later.
He was preceded by brother Jimmie Barrett, son Billy Jack Barrett, grandsons John Avery Barrett and Jacob Dean Hall, and brothers-in-law Jim Sumner, Forest Green and John Beatty.
He is survived by children Shiela Hall of Tulsa, Okla., Shelley Barrett of Pittsburg, Kan., and Jason (Amber) Barrett of Wichita, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, Chelsea Barrett, Deanna Hall and Mia Hall of Tulsa, Tyler, Levi and Kaylee Barrett of Pittsburg, Mason, Jalina, Scotti, Hayden, Jeremy and Jaylee of Wichita; three great-grandchildren, Alicia, Howard Jr. and Jacob Dean Peeples of Tulsa; sisters Bonnie K. Pruitt of Livingston, Texas, Wilma Jean Sumner of Springfield, Mo., and Darlene J. Beatty of St. Joseph, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date.