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Arthur Patterson

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Patterson, Arthur STILLWATER With profound sadness, Arthur T. Patterson passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at his home on Campbell Road due to complications associated with Parkinson's disease. He was 82. Born and raised in Stillwater, he lived his entire life at his family's homestead. He grew up as the youngest of James and Nora Lynch Patterson's five children. He attended Stillwater schools and enlisted in the US Army in 1950 to begin a lifelong patriotic career serving his nation, state, and town. Art was a sergeant in C Co., 27th Infantry, Wolfhounds regiment of the US Army in Korea. The division received a presidential unit citation for stopping the enemy from taking Seoul. He proudly returned to Korea 34 years later in 1985 as a guest of the South Korean Veterans Association. His dedication to serve his nation and community continued his entire life. Art's work career took various twists and turns. He opened a service station with his brother-in-law, Earl Antolick after being discharged from the Army. He also worked for Robert D. Kellogg Amusements, Corcoran-Cowin Feed & Fuel, was an elected official; serving as superintendent of Highways, Water & Sewer in Stillwater, and an employee of Adirondack Highway Materials, Inc. He joined numerous military and civic organizations, working tirelessly on projects that would either memorialize one's call to duty or simply beautify areas of significance in our region. He was most proud of his association with the national Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.. Art served as one of the original eleven veterans organizing the Korean War Veterans' Association and was instrumental with planning and dedicating the monument in July of 1995. He served on the board of directors for the 25th Infantry. His association with the Earl J. Manning Post #490 spanned 40 years as he served more than once as legion commander, as well as, other committed positions, including introducing the Sons of the American Legion. Art was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War, the Northeast Chapter Korean War Veterans Association, and the Disabled American Veterans Association. In addition to the numerous military citations and tributes he received over the years he was most humbled with the honors to be named Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade, Citizen of the Year at Stillwater Family Day, as well as, receiving his high school diploma post deferred in 2002. Art was an active member of the St. Peter the Apostle Church, singing for many years in the choir and calling BINGO at the Parish Center. He was an "Old-Timer" with the Arvin Hart Fire Company, a proud member of the Stillwater Democrat Club and the Stillwater Historical Society. His passion to serve became his legacy that he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Outside of work, Art married Betty Jean Ehlers, recently celebrating their 60th anniversary, and together they raised a family of three children, John of Ballston Lake, Jo-Ann (Robert) Winchell, and Jane (Gibby) Travis, both of Stillwater. He was the admired Papa to seven grandchildren, Scott (Liz) and Jill Patterson, Kori, Kasey, and Eric Winchell, and Tyler and Rebecca Travis. He was the proud great-grandpa to Grace Patterson. He is survived by one sister, Catherine "June" Vano; sister-in-law, Mary Patterson, both of Mechanicville, and many in-laws living in Oklahoma. He has many cousins, nephews and nieces, often visiting or telephoning to share well-wishes and family news. Sadly, Art was predeceased by his parents, siblings, Robert and Jean Patterson, John "Bing" Patterson, Eileen and Earl Antolick; brother-in-law, Thomas Vano; and his daughter-in-law, Diane Durant Patterson. Finally, there are no words to express our gratitude the family has for each and every staff member of the Home Based CARE Program at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany and the Adult Day Care Program; its dedicated specialists, assistants, and van drivers worked so hard to manage his increased care needs with distinction and dignity. The family is also deeply appreciative of the constant concern and compassion displayed by close neighbors and friends over the years before and since Art's diagnosis with Parkinson's. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9 a.m. at All Saints of the Hudson (St. Peter's Church) in Stillwater, with burial to follow in Gerald B.H. Solomon- Saratoga National Cemetery. Viewing hours will be held at DeVito-Salvatore Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Mechanicville, from 3- 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2013. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to either the Earl J. Manning Post #490 American Legion on Veteran Lane in Stillwater or the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association on Duell Road in Schuylerville.

Published in Albany Times Union on Apr. 12, 2013
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