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.
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.