OBITUARY

Patrick "Pat" Merle Driscoll

May 8, 1924March 9, 2019

Patrick Merle “Pat” Driscoll died on March 9, 2019 at WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Pat was born in Holbrook, IA on May 8, 1924 to the late Frank E. and Agnes M. Driscoll. He was the fourth of eleven children in the family.

Mr. Driscoll was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He joined the United States Navy in November of 1942 and went on to serve in the South Pacific on the Aircraft Carrier USS COWPENS (CVL-25) until July 1944 at which time he was transferred to Commander Carrier Division Twenty-Seven (Staff) commanded by Rear Admiral William D. Sample aboard USS Marcus Island (CVE-77). He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as a result of the wounds suffered during a Japanese suicide attack by two “Kamikaze” planes, at the Battle of Leyte Gulf during the Philippine Liberation. Having served in thirteen major battles, he was awarded many medals, commendations and citations. Evacuated from combat area aboard USS Iowa, he was hospitalized in the Naval Hospital at Treasure Island, California and then assigned to shore duty at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas where he served until his discharge in December of 1945.

During the Korean War he served as an Army Ordinance Supply Officer stationed at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. He was employed for eighteen years in many management positions by W.R. Grace & Co., Cyrovac Division in Cedar Rapids, IA., and Camarillo, CA. He retired from the county of Ventura, California in 1985.

Pat was a lifetime member of The American Legion Post in Cary, a member of USS COWPENS Reunion Association, and USS Marcus Island Reunion Association.

Mr. Driscoll was also a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his oldest son Patrick Francis, whose wife Connie of Harrisonburg, VA., survives; his brothers Robert John, Lawrence Bernard “Larry”, Clarence Edward “Red”, Francis and John (Twins), Dean Francis, and Donald Daniel (twins); a sister Frances; and his former wife Shirley Driscoll.

Pat is survived by his wife Karen Rhoads Driscoll; sons, Michael Joseph of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Timothy Thomas of Moro Bay, California, Kelly Joseph of Camarillo, California; daughters, Cheryl Anne of Alpine, California, and Amy Susan of San Diego, California; stepson, Rick Rhoads of Raleigh; stepdaughter Cindi McQueen of Garner, in addition to three grandsons, five granddaughters, 7 great-grandchildren; and his brother William of Ames, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 804 High House Rd. Cary, NC 27513. Burial with Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Veterans Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 474, Cowpens, S.C. 29330.

  • FAMILY

  • In addition to his parents, Frank E. and Agnes M. Driscoll, he was preceded in death by his oldest son Patrick Francis, whose wife Connie of Harrisonburg, VA., survives; his brothers Robert John, Lawrence Bernard “Larry”, Clarence Edward “Red”, Francis and John (Twins), Dean Francis, and Donald Daniel (twins); a sister Frances; and his former wife Shirley Driscoll. Pat is survived by his wife Karen Rhoads Driscoll; sons, Michael Joseph of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Timothy Thomas of Moro Bay, California, Kelly Joseph of Camarillo, California; daughters, Cheryl Anne of Alpine, California, and Amy Susan of San Diego, California; stepson, Rick Rhoads of Raleigh; stepdaughter Cindi McQueen of Garner, in addition to three grandsons, five granddaughters, 7 great-grandchildren; and his brother William of Ames, Iowa.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
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Patrick "Pat" Merle Driscoll

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Maxie Barker

March 19, 2019

On behalf of the USS Cowpens (CVL25 & CG63) Veterans Association, we would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one, and our shipmate. At the USS Cowpens Reunion over Father's Day weekend in Cowpens, South Carolina, your loved one will be remembered at our memorial ceremony of shipmates lost during the past year. Your family and friends have an open invitation to attend each reunion. Further information may be obtained by e-mailing the reunion secretary at maxbarker3028@gmail.com.Sincerely,Max Barker-Reunion Secretary.

Nancy S. Marks

March 11, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers, blessings and sweet memories for all of your loves ones.

Cheryl Driscoll

March 10, 2019

Thank you Dad for my fondness for puzzles, old coins, stamps, westerns, puns, April Fools Day jokes, learning to spell by looking words up myself in the giant dictionary, selling me my first car, steering me towards bookkeeping even though I didn’t think you knew me at all, loving my daughter the minute she was born, and many many more memories. All my love, Cheryl

Lynda Sinclair-Smith

March 10, 2019

It’s been 50+ years since I saw Uncle Merle in Iowa.
As many years since I’ve seen some of my cousins! But, my memories of our family trip to visit all those years ago are still with me.
I hope you meet up with my Mom & Dad and share some loving laughs.
Rest In Peace, Uncle Merle ❤️

Diana Alfino Shillington

March 10, 2019

Mr Driscoll made a difference in this little girls life. You always had kind words and smiles for me and when I lost my dad you seemed to understand that I needed just a little bit extra. I will never forget the wonderful memories of the Friday night Fish frys at the American legion where Amy and I would wait tables and play pinball with our tips! Those are a high lights of my childhood. I always felt at home in your home. Thank you Mr. Driscoll, Love Diana

Rick Rhoads

March 10, 2019

Pat was good man. He and mom traveled, laughed and enjoyed life together. He was always kind and caring for our kids. He lived America and proudly served to protect us all. He has gone to a better place. 94 years takes a toll on the body and he was as tough as they get. Rest in Peace Pat.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY