John Francis Patterson

Obituary
  • "John was a great guy. He still has friends in Richmond, VA..."
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    - Tom Dongilla
  • "My buddy-I'll miss you."
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Patterson, Ret. Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Lieutenant Colonel John Francis Patterson, Ret., 79, died on February 22, 2013 in Richardson, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sheila McDermott Patterson, their children Elizabeth Patterson Finn and husband, Timothy Finn, Jill Patterson McAuliffe and husband, Paul McAuliffe and John Keenan Patterson and wife, Alice Meadows, nine grandchildren, Paul and John Finn, Sean, Katherine, Matthew and Keenan McAuliffe and Sarah, Jack and Claire Patterson, brother-in-law Edward Lekawa, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In death he will be joining his parents Helen Keenan and John A. Patterson, and his sisters Rosemary Patterson Liggins, and Regina Patterson Bowman. John was born in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania on June 8, 1933. He attended Penn State University and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He was a career officer in the United States Army and served as an aviator of both fixed wing and helicopters in Italy, North Africa, Vietnam, Germany and many stateside posts. He was also a member of the US Army Corp of Engineers. John received numerous awards and medals for service before retiring in August 31, 1973. After his military career, John worked as an executive at the Hartford Group for 18 years before starting his own company, Omega Benefits Services. Upon retirement in 1998, his happiest times were spent with family. John was a great source of strength, pride and joy for his family and all who knew him. He was an exceptional man, a steadfast friend and a loving and deeply loved husband, father, brother and grandfather. A wake will be held on Tuesday between 5:00pm and 8:00 pm at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Wednesday at St. Mark Catholic Church in Plano. There will be a military interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Gifts in the memory of John F. Patterson may be sent to The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes who taught at St. Mary's Parochial School, Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes 320 County Road K Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54937



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Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-7111
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 26, 2013
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