Colonel William Patterson (Veteran)
Colonel William Glenn Patterson, age 87 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at St. Mary's Health Center.
Colonel Patterson was born June 25, 1922, in Osage County, Mo., the son of Paul Augustus and Estella Myra Lockwood Patterson. He was married on July 17, 1942, at Hermann, Mo. to Marceline Ann Bacon who preceded him in death on August 12, 2001. Colonel Patterson graduated from Belle High School. He attended Springfield Teacher's College, Lincoln University, and graduated from Columbia College. He taught school at Kroeger School in Osage County from 1941 until 1943. He entered the United States Navy in 1943, and served in the Pacific Theatre Operations, on Guadalcanal, the Treasury Group, and Ulithi Atoll. After World War II, Colonel Patterson joined the Missouri Army National Guard and served for over 32 years prior to his retirement as Colonel in January, 1979. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiac-Pacific Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with two hour glasses, Missouri Conspicuous Service Medal, Missouri Medal for Merit, Missouri Long Service medal for 30 years, and numerous letters of commendation. Colonel Patterson was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy Sone Post 1003, the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; the Sons of the American Revolution, the Osage County Historical Society; and the Old Trails Historical Society. He was Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 1 from 1967 until 1969, and was Explorer Advisor Post 1 from 1969 until 1971.
Survivors include: one daughter, Judith Lynn Mobrice and her husband Dennis of Holts Summit, Mo.; one sister, Cleo Larimore of Russellville, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kimberly A. Johnson and her husband Stephen of Jefferson City, Mo., William G. Patterson, III and his wife Kathy of Jefferson City, Mo., Nathan A. Patterson of Jefferson City, Mo., and Morgan B. Patterson of Jefferson City, Mo.; four great grandchildren, Sarah Johnson, Cole Patterson, Matthew Johnson, and Ella Patterson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, William Glenn "Bill" Patterson II on June 30, 2004; one granddaughter, Lana Patterson on August 19, 1981; one brother, Elwood Patterson, on August 6, 1927; one sister, Juanita Schneeberger, on May 18, 1999; one daughter-in-law, Debra Patterson on June 17, 1998; and twin great-granddaughters, Megan and Alexandra Patterson on January 22, 2002.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 19, 2010, in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Mark Dumas officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be conducted at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Assn. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com
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