Kenneth Loy Wyrick ended his fourth quarter peacefully at the age of 72 on November 27, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee, just up the road from where he grew up to be one of the best tailbacks of all time for Central High School, Class of 1966. Ken went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1971 and was captain of the Army Football team. He left this physical existence surrounded by family, including his wife, Lee Wyrick, his children, Lauren, Casey, Jillian and David, and his best friend of over fifty years, Michael Masciello. His siblings are Stephen Wyrick and Janet Dempsey and her husband Jon. He is the son of the late Kenneth C. Wyrick, and Inis Loy Wyrick Smelser. He is Uncle Kenny to Lisa Kate, Mary, Alex, Laura, and Rebecca.
Ken would tell you that after family and friends and teammates, his most meaningful times were spent as a coach. Mudhogs and Avon Little League were very special to him. He valued the comradery of his fellow coaches. Most of all, he loved the kids. Their attention and enthusiasm for the game gave him so so much. He was forever grateful to watch these young boys over the years become men. The opportunity to witness this, alongside all the proud parents watching their sons battle together, and for one another, gave him no greater joy.
There will be a private celebration of Ken's life in 2022. Please join Ken’s family in remembrance by tuning in to watch Army beat Navy on what would have been his seventy-third birthday, December 11, 2021. BEAT NAVY!
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