Gale D. Patterson, 92, Melvern: Aug. 16, 1925 – Jan. 10, 2018

MELVERN, Kan. – Gale D. Patterson was born on Aug. 16, 1925 at Melvern, Kan., the son of Verlin John and Miriam Criss Patterson. He passed to his eternal life with his family by his side on Jan. 10, 2018, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. He was the fourth born in a family of six.

Gale married Dorothy Fitch on Oct. 10, 1947, in Ottawa, Kan. Gale is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of 70 years; three daughters, Nancy Yockey and husband, Larry, Connie Butts and husband, Allen, and Sandra Bullock and husband, Terry; a son, Daryl Patterson and wife, Gloria, all of Melvern; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother, R.D. Patterson and wife, Norma, of Melvern.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Louise Privat and Norma Dee Arb; and two brothers, Maurice Patterson and Otis Patterson.

Gale attended Rock Creek Grade School, a one-room school, and graduated from Melvern High School in 1943. After graduation, Gale served in the U.S. Army during World War II along with his two brothers, Otis and Maurice. He was privileged to take an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., in 2007. He was honored to have served his country. After his return from the service, he moved to his farm east of Melvern where he farmed and was a cattleman. Gale worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake until his retirement in 1988. In 2017, he received his 50-year membership plaque from the Woodward-Belt-Heilman-Arb American Legion Post No. 317. He was a member of the True Grace Community Church at Melvern.

Gale’s greatest enjoyment came from attending his grandkids’ and great-grandkids’ sporting events, 4-H events and any other activities they participated in. He loved when the family was all together. Gale was a shining example of the character that defines the “Greatest Generation”. He instilled in his family his strength and traditional American values. Those of us touched by him were given a gift we can never repay. Gale was a prankster and loved making people smile. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his friendly personality and most of all, that he was a wonderful Dad and Grandfather, leaving us with memories that make us laugh and cry. Gale, enjoy your crown in Heaven that you’ve earned.

Funeral services for Gale will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Feltner Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, east of Melvern.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Melvern American Legion Post No. 317 or the True Grace community Church, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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