Henry E. Patterson
Jan. 27, 1927 - Jan. 11, 2021
Henry Eugene Patterson, of Waco, TX, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2021, at age 93. Graveside services will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Friday, January 15, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco with Father Joe Geleney.
Henry was born the son of Lowery E and Laura Ethel (Smith) Patterson on January 27, 1927 ,in McGregor, TX. He joined the Navy on his 17th birthday (1944) and proudly served on the USS Kankakee (AO39), the Pipeline of the Seven Seas, during WWII and through November 7, 1947, when he was honorably discharged. He married Irene Olsovsky on January 21, 1946, and shared a marriage of love and devotion for 66 years. After completion of business school, Henry worked as Office Manager for Rainbo Baking Company in Waco, TX, as well as both Denver and Pueblo, CO, for almost 35 years. Following Rainbo, he worked as the Controller at Davis Brothers Publishing Company in Waco for another ten years.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Irene; daughter, Irene Warren; son, Donald Patterson; parents, Lowery E and Laura Ethel Patterson; stepmother, Oma Patterson; brothers, Vernon, Elsmer Elton (LD), William Dial, and Lowery Edward (Junior) Patterson; sisters, Marie Hill, Minnie Mae Brooks, and Patsy Frazier; stepbrothers, Jesse, Norris and John Delmer Patterson; stepsister, Arvie Smith; and many other cherished loved ones and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter-in-law, Terri Patterson; daughter, Sandra Frits; sons, Allen Patterson and wife, Karey, and Bruce Patterson and wife, Melissa; grandchildren, Tina Dufault, Janet Patterson, Jean Richardson, Eric and Kevin Frits, Kristi Karrington, Lacy Patterson, and Cameron, Clay, and Cayman Patterson; great-grandchildren, Jackelyn, Julianne and James Dufault, Michael Palermo, Derek, Jesse, and Gracie Richardson, and Knoxie Karrington; and great-great-grandchildren, Connor, Julian and Gavin Palermo, and William Glaser; and many other cherished loved ones and friends.
In addition to cherishing time with his family and friends, Henry loved to celebrate life by yardwork, gardening, ranching, dancing, and making fans.
Memorials may be made in Henry's name to the charity of your choice
. The online guest book is at www.connally-compton.com
Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on Jan. 13, 2021.