Otis R. Patterson, 94, Melvern: Dec. 19, 1920 – June 13, 2015

061515-obit-Otis-PattersonMELVERN – Otis R. Patterson was born on Dec. 19, 1920, at Melvern, Kan., the son of Verlin John and Miriam Avaline Criss Patterson. He passed away on June 13, 2015, at his home east of Melvern with his wife by his side. He was third in a family of six.

Otis married R. Margaret Green Dean on Dec. 26, 1947, in Garnett, Kan.

Otis is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 68 years; four daughters, Margaret “Peggy” Anne (Dale) McCurdy, Melvern, Diana Raye (James) Casten, Plano, Texas, Julia Kay (Eldon) Martin, Topeka, and Evelyn Louise (Jefferson) McConnell, Martinsburg, W.Va.; son, John Dale (Janet) Patterson, Pittsburg; 16 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gale (Dorothy) Patterson and RD (Norma) Patterson, all of Melvern.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, John Dale II; two sisters, Louise Privat and Norma Dee Arb; a brother, Maurice Patterson, and a son-in-law, Leroy Self.

Otis attended Rock Creek grade school, a one-room school, and Melvern High School, graduating in 1938. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He trained at Alamogordo, N.M., and served in the 8th Air Force as a sergeant. He was a crew chief in airplane mechanics on B-24 bombers at Wendling Air Base in England for the duration of World War II. He saw 182 airplanes take off that never came back from their missions. He received an honorable discharge in 1945. He has a paver on the Walk of Honor of the Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater. He was privileged to take an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2007, escorted by his great-nephew, Ryan Patterson.

Otis began farming on their land east of Melvern after returning from the military, along with serving as a rural mail carrier and working as a carpenter. He was active in the support of the Melvern community, having served on the school board, as a member of the Melvern Masonic Lodge 22, American Legion Post 317 and the Melvern Eastern Star, as well as financially supporting the Melvern United Methodist Church and the Melvern Community Center.

Otis loved to fish, garden and do woodworking. Many Melvern residents were recipients of produce from his garden and fish he had caught and cleaned. He made many furniture items, barn wood clocks and regular wood clocks. He gave canes to his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and spouses at a party for his 90th birthday party in 2010. He also gave canes to anyone who expressed an interest.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 19, at the Melvern United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Melvern Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 317 or the Melvern Community Center, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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