Pearl “Pat” Patterson Jr., 73, Overbrook, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.

Private family services are planned for a later date.

He was born Saturday, Nov. 11, 1939, in Denver, the son of Pearl and Esther (Sims) Patterson Sr.

Pat lived in the Pomona and Lawrence areas for the past 13 years, moving from New Augusta, Miss. He also resided in San Francisco and Stockton.   

Pat graduated from Stockton High School with the class of 1958. He attended Washburn University and played halfback and linebacker on the football team.

Pat and his brother co-owned and operated a small trucking business that delivered air-freight packages in the San Francisco area. Following his time in San Francisco, he worked as a supervisor of the sanitation department for a local municipal government in Hattiesburg, Miss. After 12 years in New Augusta, Pat moved to Lawrence, where he supervised the bus drivers for the city, retiring in 1999.

Pat was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting all kinds of wild game and fishing in his spare time.

At the age of 47, one of the greatest things in Pat’s life happened. He met Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. He changed the way he was thinking and cleaned up his act.

On Oct. 4, 1960, Pat was united in marriage with Sandy Griffin. They later divorced.

On April 7, 1984, Pat was united in marriage with Janie Goodin. They later divorced.   

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Esther Patterson Sr.

Survivors include two daughters, Benita Bowman and her husband, David, Pomona, and Tonya Simms and her husband, Bobby, Ottawa; a son, Dean Patterson and his wife, Sherri, Phoenix; brother, Randall Patterson, Union City, Calif.; grandchildren, Jason Patterson, Dalton Patterson, Abigail Patterson, Mandy Steele, Jena Lawrence, Cody Bowman, Justin Simms, Jaime Simms, Josh Simms and Marcus McGee-Simms; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to In Touch Ministries through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

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