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Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home and Mt Lebanon Cemetery

11101 Saint Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, MO

OBITUARY

Gary Wheat Jr.

November 14, 1972June 25, 2020
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Gary Lee Wheat, Jr., 47, of St. Ann, MO passed away suddenly June 25, 2020 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his mother, Leslie Wheat and his grandparents. Gary is survived by his children, Crysta Seibert and Key Wheat; father, Gary Wheat, Sr.; sister, Amy Burroughs; and niece, Alexis Burroughs. Gary also leaves behind numerous friends.

Gary graduated from Pattonville High School and completed basic training with the Army before deciding that the military wasn’t for him. He was a hard-working guy who made his living in the construction trade. He would work hard all week at his job and then had just as many side jobs to complete. His work ethic was strong and he was really hard on himself and critical of his work. Gary could be stubborn and head strong but his heart was gold. He loved children and was very supportive of them. He especially enjoyed spending time with his niece. Gary liked soccer and was a huge fan and supporter of St. Louis Blues hockey. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Friends may visit on Friday, July 3 from 2 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. at Alexander White Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann. Due to COVID county mandate, the maximum capacity for the funeral home is 75 people and masks must be worn. Gary was a loved member of the community, so we ask that you offer condolences and then leave time for other guests to do the same. The service will be limited to 75 people. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association or to any charity supporting children. Please sign Gary’s guestbook at www.alexanderstlouis.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

Memories

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Carisa Fryer

July 3, 2020

I always thought my cousin Gary was the ultimate in cool. He was older, could do flips in the pool, and had a scary snake as a pet. He let me sit in his car at Grandma O’s house and played music for me. This is how uncool I was...he played whitesnake and I asked if he liked this band bc he had a pet snake.

As we got older, he wrote me letters when he was at basic training reminding me to stay away from boys and make good choices. I always wrote back immediately to share my drama in school and remind him how proud I was of him.

He always had a smile on his face, cigarette in his mouth heading outside for a smoke at family events. I would follow my cousin outside (even as an adult) to hang with the cool kids. He always made a point to ask me about my life and include me. He gave me a hard time about still supporting the Rams and every holiday he fought me for the rye bread dip.

He will forever be my much cooler cousin. ❤️

Jennifer Sayles

July 2, 2020

I will be forever grateful and thankful that Gary and I reconnected these last several months. Our relationship was passionate and complicated but I never was able to stop loving him. So of course when I received a Facebook friend request, I was sure he was hacked. So I sent him a message telling him he had been hacked. That was just over 3 months ago. He hadn't been hacked... it was Gary who sent the friend request. I had declined the friend request but now that we had each other's attention we needed to catch up. He said it was like talking to an old friend who actually knew who he was. Gary and I put any issues we had to rest and forgave each other. The only thing left unsaid was to tell him I still loved him.

To the family, we talked about of each of you. Key, You are his baby and nothing could stop him from loving you. Lexi he was so proud of you. He told me about how you would get up with him in the mornings before work and you guys would talk about astrophysics. Amy, you have always, always, always had your brother's back and he knew it and he loved you for it. He talked about what a wonderful job you were doing raising Lexi and that he would do anything he could do to help. Big Gary, we talked about what it was to lose Leslie and how you were doing today. He loved all of you very much.

I will not say Good bye to you Gary, I know we will meet again. I love you. Thank you for giving me peace.


Ginny Conway

July 2, 2020

I haven't seen Gary since Kelly's funeral but have talked a few times and thought about him. I have several crazy memories but I think the one that is true to my heart is that my girls to this day call him Uncle Gary. Gary was Kelly's best friend and my girls only knew him as Uncle Gary. He will truly be missed and was loved by so many. I know my oldest Jessica had a special place in her heart for him. Prayers to Gary's family during this difficult time.

Shannon Strayhorn

July 1, 2020

It's hard to know even where to begin as we've known each other pretty much our whole lives. So I will start with just saying thank you and you will be missed greatly. You were a big brother to so many of us having been with us over the years from softball practices through all our life events...which couldn't have been easy surrounded by all us girls! And I am so thankful for the fun memories of our childhood with baby powder fights and float trips, but more so I am thankful for our adult memories. You were a friend to all, and a best friend to many. There was always a story and always a joke, and never a time you didn't love with all your heart. Whether it was Halloween, softball, darts or deciding to tear down a tree or demo a wall in our home...you were there and going to make it one heck of a hilarious adventure. But above all nobody could ever doubt that you were kind, and loved your family and friends beyond measure. And they are proof of your legacy and will keep shining because they will carry your love. We are all blessed to have been a part of your life and will miss you.

Alexis Burroughs

June 30, 2020

Uncle Gary was an amazing uncle and I will miss him forever. Give grandma a hug for me!

Amy Burroughs

June 30, 2020

Life will never be the same without my big brother! You were the biggest pain in my butt, but you were always my best friend as well. I'm mad at you for leaving us, jealous that you are with mom, and so sad that you won't be here to watch your niece, Alexis, as she grows. You know how much you meant to us and know that you will never leave our thoughts and hearts. Fly high, my brother!

Tracie Gerber

June 30, 2020

When I think of my Cousin Gary I think of spending time with him at my Aunt and Uncle’s house in the basement. He would show me how he fed his pet snake. I looked up to him and thought he was the coolest person I knew. Though we didn’t spend a lot of time together as adults I still think of hanging out at that house, and with my cousins. I will miss you Little Gary.

Victoria (Marie) Grissom (Wallis)

June 30, 2020

Thank you for giving me my biggest fan Crysta. The biggest gift of all. You will be missed!

Tiffany Franklin

June 29, 2020

Thank you for my sea star!❤️ You will be missed!🥺❤️

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Biography

      Gary Wheat Jr. was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Gary will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Gary was born on November 14, 1972 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis MO. He was the son of Gary Wheat and Leslie (Overshon) Wheat. Gary grew up in Florissant, MO.

      As a young boy, Gary had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Gary was an active child who took part in baseball and soccer. In his spare time he liked skateboarding and riding his bike around the neighborhood. However, to Gary, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      A typical teenager, Gary had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Pattonville High School in 1991. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were pottery and wood shop.

      Fortunately, Gary enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Gary worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was construction. Gary always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Gary was also in the army. He was in the reserves and trained in the medical field. After his training in the Army, he received his EMT Certification. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Gary found pleasure in sports. Recreational sports included bowling, golf and darts. Gary was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list was St. Louis Blues Hockey.

      Gary enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Gulf Shores, Alabama and a Caribbean Cruise.

      Gary was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Duke, a terrier mix. They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by his Chihuahua, Monty.

      Gary passed away on June 25, 2020 at home in St. Ann, MO. He is survived by his 2 children, Crysta Seibert and Key Wheat; his father, Gary; his sister, Amy; and his niece, Alexis. Services were held at Alexander White Mullen Funeral Home.

      Simply stated, Gary was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Gary leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Gary Wheat Jr.