RUMNEY - John Frye Patterson Jr., 80, died from a longtime illness at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Hanover, on June 14, 2013.
Born July 11, 1932, to Marjorie Burt Patterson and John Frye Patterson Sr. in Rumney, John was the oldest of six. He grew up in Rumney, attended Russell Elementary, graduated from Plymouth High and joined the Air Force soon thereafter. He served in Korea during the Korean War
, was stationed in Washington, D.C. and Merced, Calif. On Aug. 29, 1958, he married his loving wife, Dorothy L. Patterson. Together they had three children, Joseph A. Patterson, Marjorie A. Walters and Timothy F. Patterson.
John, a man of few words, had a servant's heart and was always willing to help. He served 52 years with the Rumney Volunteer Fire Department, retiring as captain and fire warden. Over the years, he also served as trustee and deacon of the Rumney Baptist Church, of which he was a lifetime member. He was a self-employed carpenter and contractor. His craftsmanship can be seen even as you sit in the sanctuary of Rumney Baptist Church, which he and his brother, Robert, rebuilt after a fire had destroyed much of the church and belfry in 1979. For a little more than a decade, he worked at the Rumney Transfer Station.
John was preceded in death by his father, mother and granddaughter, Brianna Hope Patterson. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Liz; daughter and son-in-law Marjorie and Allen Walters; son, Timothy; grandchildren, Shannon, Megan, Jeannie, Matthew, Johnnie, Stephanie; six great-grandchildren; as well as his brothers and their spouses, Dale and Judy, Robert and Marilyn, Allen and Gail and Morris and Barbara Patterson; and his sister and her spouse, Carol and Rene Dusseault; his Aunt Evelyn Erickson and Aunt Geraldine Patterson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who meant more to him than they will ever know. He will be greatly missed by us all.
services: Viewing will be held at Rumney Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 20. Services will follow at 11 a.m., with a graveside service at Highland Cemetery. A reception will follow the services in the Ministry Building.