With the beginning of 2015, heaven became an even better place when Dad went home to be with the Lord. On New Year’s Day, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his large loving family.
Robert John (Bob) Patterson was born on Nov. 8, 1927 to Thomas Walker and Mary Genevieve Patterson. He attended school in Absarokee and Columbus, graduating from high school in 1945.
Immediately following, he enlisted and served in the U. S. Army. He married the love of his life, Dorothy Scott, on Dec. 27, 1950. After a honeymoon in California, they began their life on “The Ridge” where they farmed and ranched for many years.
Family meant everything to Bob, evident by eight children, 20 grandchildren, and at present, 21 great-grandchildren.
It is said that the greatest gift a man can give his children is to love their mother and Dad epitomized this saying to the nth degree. He taught us many life lessons, the greatest being the value of commitment and the true meaning of a covenant marriage.
Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Catherine, his father Thomas, his mother “Minnie,” his sisters Ann and Mary and his brother Tom.
Bob is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife of 64 years, children: Joanie (Paul) Matovich, Jeanne (Harry) Harsha, Bev (Kevin) Kovanda, Patty (Mark) Hamilton, Dan (Stephanie) Patterson, Mary Ann (Glenn) Zachry, and Connie (Mark) Reichelt, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom held a special place in his heart. He will be forever loved and missed.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staffs of Mission Ridge, The Vista and St. John’s Garden Court.
A vigil service and time of fellowship was held Wednesday, Jan. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Columbus. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Columbus. Right of committal will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
A lunch reception will be held at Stillwater County Pavilion. Smith’s Funeral Chapel of Columbus is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to: St. John’s Foundation, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Endowment Fund, Stillwater Youth Center or the charity of your choice.