L. Goebel Patton, 100, of West Frankfort passed away at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his residence. He was born October 24, 1913 in New Haven, Il. to Roy F. Patton and Irene Rowe. He married Eileen H. Howell Lucas and Pauline Patton and they both preceded him in death.
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Survivors include a daughter, Penelope K. Patton Tippy (Roger) and a daughter-in-law, Susan Smith Patton; grandchildren, Tricia Blank (Bill), Ted Bicknell, Elaine Herzog (Bill), Torie Patton, Gabe Tippy, Jason Patton (Jessica), Daniel Tippy (Dana), and Ryan Patton (Jessica) 7 great grandchildren; a niece, Peggy Trapani (Cris) and loving great nieces and nephews, Leigh Caldwell, Kathleen Dial (Matt), and Krissy Cordts (Scott), Robbie Mize, Maria Deaton (Jason), Gina Trapani, and Cristina Pisoni (Joel).
He was preceded by a daughter, Joan Colleen Bicknell Hickey; son, L. Goebel Patton Jr. (Spunky); granddaughter, Amy Colleen Bicknell, a brother, Roy E. Patton (Dorothy) and by a niece, Jayne Caldwell Border.
Mr. Patton was quoted in a interview saying "Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy here on earth".
Mr. Patton graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1930. Received his Bachelor of Education from Southern Illinois University and his Masters of Education from the University of Illinois. He was an Educator from 1932 to1984. He taught at Logan School from 1932-1935 was Principal at Lincoln School from 1935-1941, Principal at Central Junior High from 1941-1943, Superintendent of WF Elementary Schools from 1943-1946. He Organized Unit School District #168 in 1958, Built Max Morris Gym in 1950, Principal and Superintendent at Frankfort Community High School from 1946-1960, Director of the Illinois Education Association from 1960-1970 and was Superintendent of Frankfort Community School District 168 from 1970-1984.
Mr. Patton was a member of the Second Baptist Church in West Frankfort since 1925. He organized and established weekly Men's Prayer Group in 1990-He personally sent over 30 cards of encouragement weekly. He was Sunday School Superintendent for 20 years and a Sunday School Teacher for over 50 years. He was a member of the West Frankfort Lions Club since 1942 the West Frankfort Masonic Lodge since 1940. He organized and served on Board of Directors of the WFRX Radio Station, First Community Bank of WF, American Savings and Loan and Southern Illinois Schools Credit Union. Mr. Patton was a board member of many organizations including the Salvation Army for 70 years, Franklin-Williamson Human Services 33 years, President Egyptian Council Board of Boy Scouts of America and established Southern Illinois Boy Scout Camp 1947-48.
He was also a board member of the John A. Logan College Foundation 1993-2002 and SIU Foundation 1951-1982,Real Estate Acquisition Committee 1954-1961, Public Relations Committee 1961-1963, Egyptian Area Agency on Aging 2006-2014 and Mid-Continent University 2008-2012. He was active in the American Cancer Society 1950-1968 he organized the Franklin County Chapter 1951 and served as Regional Director-4 years, State Director-4 years and National Director-4 years. He chaired the Aquatics and Activity Center Fund Raising Committee 1998-2001 and raised $600,000 for the aquatics center.
Mr. Patton received the Southern Business Journal "Leaders Among Us" award in 2006 and recently received the "Governor's Unique Achievement Award" in Springfield Illinois in 2013 with his daughter, son-in-law, daughter in law, and 4 grandsons in attendance. He was honored by Governor Pat Quinn who declared October 13, 2013 "L. Goebel Patton Day". He was twice selected as Citizen of the Year for West Frankfort.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Second Baptist Church 1902 East Oak in West Frankfort with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and after 11 a.m. Saturday at the church Masonic rites will be conducted on Friday at 7 p.m. at the church. Entombment will be in Tower Heights Cemetery in West Frankfort. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Baptist Church or to Penelope K. Tippy, MD Scholarship Fund C/O SIU Foundation at SIU School of Medicine P.O. Box 19666 Springfield, Il. 62794-9666. Parker - Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest register visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.
Parker-Reedy Funeral Home
604 East Main Street West Frankfort, IL 62896
Published in Daily American News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 5, 2014