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Walter E. Patrick Jr.

64, passed peacefully on August 17, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on August 28, 1949 in Indianapolis to Walter Sr. and Lillian Patrick. After graduating from Manual High School in 1967, he worked at A&P grocery until he was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam. He served his term from 1969 to 1970 as a proud member of the 1 / 501 / 101 Airborne Division Charlie Company. He was a Purple Heart recipient. He always cherished the lifelong brotherhood of those he served with and their families became his extended family. After serving his country he returned to A&P and worked as a store manager for several years. He married Kathleen (Kuhn) Patrick on June 26, 1971. After leaving A&P, he worked as a carrier for USPS until his retirement and served in the Army Reserves.

Walt was very active in sports. He coached his children in various sports, served on the board at Southport Little League, played in many various softball leagues for several years, and was an avid bowler. He also had a passion for classic cars, western movies, was an amazing drawer and painter and never hesitated to sneak off to the casino to give luck a shot. Above all else, his family and the many friendships he established over the years meant the world to him.

Walt is preceded in death by his first wife Kathleen (Kuhn) Patrick, his father Walter Sr., his mother Lillian, step-mother Bessie, sisters Judy Van Duyn and Mary Ann Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Susan (Bates) Patrick; sister, Jackie Bradburn (Tom); sons, Wally (Erin) and Danny; daughter, Tracy (Jim) Wailes; stepson, Adam Wier and stepdaughter, Samantha Wier. He also has 8 beautiful and loving grandchildren that he cherished.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 21 from 4 PM to 8 PM at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home , 5141 Madison Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, August 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 19, 2014
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