Donald Patterson, 93

Published 4:47 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011

Donald Patterson

Donald Patterson, 93, of St. Ansgar, died Aug. 30, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church, Lyle, , with Rev. Lydia Mittag officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home, 207 S. School Street, St. Ansgar.

Donald Patterson, the son of John and Velma (Rutt) Patterson, was born on the family farm near Toeterville, Iowa, on March 28, 1918. He was a longtime member of the Six Mile Grove Church. Donald was united in marriage to Enid Sampson March 20, 1941, at the parsonage in Lyle. They farmed near Toeterville, where they raised their three children: a daughter, Shirley Mae, and two sons, David and Duane.

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After retiring, Don and Enid were able to travel extensively and visit family and friends across the country. They also enjoyed numerous bus trips and a cruise.

Don was active in the community as a member of the school board, elevator board, Lions club and many other volunteer organizations.

Don is survived by his son, David (Betty), Apple Valley, Calif; son, Duane, St. Ansgar, Iowa and dear friend and caretaker, Linda Currens, St. Ansgar; grandchildren, Scott Patterson (and special friend Jodie Colwell) and Scott’s children, Corey and Megan, Apple Valley, Calif., Jeff Patterson (Jillean) and children Zyzick, Killian and Seth Patterson, Breanna, Shyanna, Adreanna and Bryson Urick, Apple Valley, Calif., Darin Patterson (Kristy) and children Keylee, Wyatt and Rowan, Hesperia, Calif.; Dawn Ratashak (Josh) and children Colby and Xander, Springfield, Ore. He is also survived by sisters, Neva Nelson, St. Ansgar, Helen Debner, Marble Rock, Iowa, Lois (Walt) Benesh, Austin; sisters-in-law, Ruth Patterson and Mildred Patterson, Osage; brother, John Patterson (Fran), St. Ansgar; also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Millie (Keith) Westling, Osage and Marilyn (Dean) Rockafellow, St. Ansgar; brother-in-law, Russell (Gladys) Sampson, St. Ansgar and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Enid; parents; daughter, Shirley Mae Patterson; great-grandson, Trenton Patterson; brothers, Max Patterson and Darrell Patterson; sister-in-law, Cleo (Kenneth) Weness; nephews, Rick Nelson and John Nelson; brothers-in-law, Otto Nelson and Clarence Debner.