Vern Patterson

Born: October 11th, 1936
Duluth, Minnesota
DOD: November 24th, 2012
Friendship, WI

Vern Patterson passed away on November 24th, 2012 after an 8 week courageous and uncomplaining battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family. He was provided with loving and diligent care throughout his illness by his son Terry and his wife Jean, which allowed him to spend his last days at his home, the place he most wanted to be.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Roseberry’s Funeral Home on Thursday, November 29, 2012.

Vern grew up in Milwaukee, WI and attended Boys Tech High School. He achieved the rank of Sargeant in the US Army serving as Squadron Leader, Welder, and Blacksmith from 1953-1958. Vern married his life long love Jean in 1957. He lived and raised his family in West Allis, WI and retired from Chrysler-AMC in Kenosha, WI after 30 years as a welder. In 2005 Vern and Jean moved to their retirement home in Friendship, WI where he enjoyed visits from his family, hunting and fishing with “his boys”, visiting his Nebraska family, caring for his beautiful yard and lighting up Friendship’s Godwin Circle with outdoor décor on the holidays.

Survived by:
Beloved and devoted wife of 56 years: Jean (Hadley)
Children: Tammy (Donald) Leisher, Tracie, Troy and Terry Patterson
Grandchildren: Stephen (Melissa) Leisher, Andrew Leisher, Catherine (Neal) Koch
Great Granddaughters: Emmalee & Elsie
Brother: Gerald (Pat) Patterson
Sisters in-law: Marge Patterson, Grace Patterson, Wilma Haussermann, Mildred Fisher, Ellen Hadley, Joyce (Ed) Albers, Joan (Leon) Kruschke, Sharon Hayter
Brothers in-law: Leon (Susian) Hadley, Dean (Carol), John (Linda) Hadley, Richard Jenkins
Also fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives, friends and neighbors.

Preceded in death by:
Parents: Neil Sr. and Grace (Fadden) Patterson
Parents in-law: Friend Valentine and Augusta (Rebman) Hadley
Brothers: Neil Jr, Jack (Nellie), Allen (Lorraine), Kenneth Patterson
Sisters: Lila Wirth and Beth Jenkins
Brothers in-law: Dallas Hadley, Eldin Haussermann, Forest Fisher, Lewis (Carol) Hadley, Howard Hadley, Frances Crouse, Robert Hayter
Sister in-law: Betty (Dexter) Schluntz

Special thanks to Bonnie (RN) and Bonnie (Caregiver) and staff members of Hospice Touch and Dr. R. Kirschling and Dr. Anna Olsen and staff of the UW Cancer Center – Riverview. Memorials will be distributed to these organizations along with local youth educational programs.

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  1. Jay Sciachitano says:

    As you know, I have not had the pleasure to meet your Father. However, I know that a golden heart such as your own can only come from having wonderful & loving parents. I’m sure your Dad is looking down on you and your family and is very proud of all of you and is at peace that his work was done here on earth. Someday, in due time, you will all be together again smiling, laughing and “clowning” around. My thoughts are with you are your family and pray that you will remember all your great memories with fondness.

    Jay Sciachitano

    note: I met Tracie through her volunteering to be a clown at events my wife and I run for special needs children (what a wonderful heart)

  2. Leon and Susie Hadley says:

    May God bless you all and give you comfort…Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Miriam (Faircloth) Henrikson says:

    So sorry to hear about your dad passing away Tracie! I remember how fondly you talked about him and how close you were to him. I know you will miss him terribly. It’s a very strange feeling when you have to say goodbye to a parent. Wish I could give you a hug. Know that I am praying for you and thinking about you. Love you!


  4. Jane Guadagni says:

    I knew Tracie’s Dad – not personally but through her stories of him, through her stories of her Mom, through her stories of her brothers and sister. And I can’t help but be impressed with the man, who with his wife, raised such a selfless, loving family. It speaks volumes. Our prayers are with all of you – as you mourn your loss and as you celebrate his life today.

    Jane, John and Maya

  5. Kelley Chase says:

    From your neighbors on Godwin Circle, Shirley and John Tomlin, and Kelley, Jerry and the kids…We pray that time will bring the comfort your family so deserves. We enjoy the seasonal decor on our block and will truly miss the many walks that our paths crossed. A friendly wave and smile were always given and will be missed dearly. God’s Blessings.

  6. Mary Ann Lund says:

    I’m so sorry and wish I could give you lots of hugs for your pain. As I said before he will always be with you …smiling

  7. Mary Ann Lund says:

    I wish I could give you hugs for your pain. As I said before, your dad must have been so proud of you and will always be with you smiling

  8. Fran Aring says:

    Tracie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know your father is in a much better place. Take care.

  9. Casey & Justin says:

    Although we didn’t know him extremely well, we know what a wonderful man he was by the amazing family he raised. The few times we were in the same room, he always had a smile on his face and happiness in his heart. To the Pattersons and Leishers, we love you all and give you our deepest sympathies. We know his legacy will live on in the amazing children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren who make us proud to call them a second family!

  10. John & Linda Hadley says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you–we will greatly miss Pat–especially his big” Wisconsin bear hugs”!!

  11. monica seidl says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Patterson family in their great loss. Praying for friends and family to comfort you, faith to uphold you and loving memories to carry you through. Monica Seidl (Tracie’s friend and co-worker)

  12. Chris Meyer says:

    I only had the pleasure of meeting Grandpa Patterson on a couple of occasions, but know that he will be greatly missed by many. He allowed Melissa to sit in “his” chair, so know he was a great man. My prayers and thoughts are with the whole Patterson family.

  13. Gloria Munoz says:

    My thoughts, love and prayers are with the entire family.

  14. Linda Betancourt says:

    Tracie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know you loved your father dearly and you will miss him. I am sure he is very proud of your accomplishments. Blessings, Linda Betancourt

  15. Jill Kasper says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless. May the memories you hold so dear shine brightly in your heavy hearts.

  16. Fern Hartwick says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. I was only lucky enough to meet this great man twice–but we had some fun together. We will meet again in a better place and have some more fun. Wish I could be there to give you all a big hug–but my health tells me to stay home–know I am with you in spirit.

  17. Cindy Lind says:

    Sorry we will not able to come on Thursday but please know we are there in spirit to give you support . Please someone give Aunt Jean a hug for me another one for my mom that would be there if she could .

  18. Ruth Christensen says:

    You have Mel and my heartfelt empathy. Words fail me at a time like this, so I’ll share God’s Word of comfort. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid…He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

    It gives me comfort just knowing that today, right now, Uncle Pat is with Jesus in paradise.

    Mom wants to be there with you on Thursday, but just isn’t up to the journey. I suggested flying, but she felt that would also be too hard of a trip. We may not be there physically with you, but our hearts and prayers are with you.

  19. Larry Whiffen says:

    We have moved down to Tennessee but my brother Grant called to inform me of the sad news. Our prayers are with his family and other friends. He was a great friend.

  20. Vanessa Bonds says:

    My prayers of comfort and peace are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand your pain.
    I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Sounds like Jesus just got another angel!

  21. Pat Schmidtknecht says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Tracie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Brad Patterson says:

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Bucky’s passing. May he be in a better place and may Aunt Jean, Tammy, Tracie, Troy, Terry, and the entire family be blessed with loving peace and comfort from our gracious Lord during this most difficult time.

    Brad (nephew – son of Gerald)

  23. Maggie Sors says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of the family.