OBITUARY

James "Bill" Patterson

September 20, 1926March 24, 2019
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James “Bill” William Patterson, 92, of Terre Haute, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Meadows Manor North. He was born on September 20, 1926, in Charleston, IL, to Kenneth M. and Dorothy D. (Anderson) Patterson. He married Betty Lou Sparks on September 19, 1948.

Bill is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Betty Lou Patterson of Terre Haute; children, James D. Patterson and wife Jane of Terre Haute, Cindy Gosewehr and husband Steve of Lafayette, Julie Neice and husband Joe of Terre Haute, and Jenny King of Sebastian, FL; grandchildren, Stacey (Mark) Samuels of Terre Haute, Beth Gosewehr of Indianapolis, Jimmy (Anna) Patterson of Terre Haute, Melissa King of Sebastian, FL, Brooke (Adam) Bear of Homer, IL, Sam (Brooke) King of Ontario, Canada; Josh (Erica) Neice of Terre Haute, and Annie (Chad) Skelton of Terre Haute; eight great-grandchildren; and last, but definitely not least, his beloved dog, Henry.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill proudly served in the United States navy during WWII. He was stationed on the Destroyer USS Uhlman in Tokyo Bay when the Peace Treaty was signed. He retired after 28 ½ years of service in the production control department at Anaconda/Alcan Aluminum. He was a life member of VFW Post 972 and a former member of the Elks in Charleston and Mattoon. Bill was also a life member of the Service League at Union Hospital and enjoyed the time he spent volunteering.

In his younger days, Bill enjoyed bowling and even participated in a league. He was an avid golfer. He loved golfing so much that it didn’t matter what the weather was, he would try to get a few rounds in. He also liked to fish. Most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Henry.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the funeral home with Neva McFarland officiating. Bill will be laid to rest with military honors in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Service League at Union Hospital or the Vigo County Public Library. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Funeral Ceremony Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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James "Bill" Patterson

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Jodi Sparks

March 26, 2019

Bill was one of the good guys, loved his wife and family, a kind and caring man. He will always have a place in my heart as my brother in law and friend. He will be missed but we will meet again.

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Biography

James “Bill” William Patterson, 92, of Terre Haute, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Meadows Manor North. He was born on September 20, 1926, in Charleston, IL, to Kenneth M. and Dorothy D. (Anderson) Patterson. He married Betty Lou Sparks on September 19, 1948.

Bill is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Betty Lou Patterson of Terre Haute; children, James D. Patterson and wife Jane of Terre Haute, Cindy Gosewehr and husband Steve of Lafayette, Julie Neice and husband Joe of Terre Haute, and Jenny King of Sebastian, FL; grandchildren, Stacey (Mark) Samuels of Terre Haute, Beth Gosewehr of Indianapolis, Jimmy (Anna) Patterson of Terre Haute, Melissa King of Sebastian, FL, Brooke (Adam) Bear of Homer, IL, Sam (Brooke) King of Ontario, Canada; Josh (Erica) Neice of Terre Haute, and Annie (Chad) Skelton of Terre Haute; eight great-grandchildren; and last, but definitely not least, his beloved dog, Henry.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill proudly served in the United States navy during WWII. He was stationed on the Destroyer USS Uhlman in Tokyo Bay when the Peace Treaty was signed. He retired after 28 ½ years of service in the production control department at Anaconda/Alcan Aluminum. He was a life member of VFW Post 972 and a former member of the Elks in Charleston and Mattoon. Bill was also a life member of the Service League at Union Hospital and enjoyed the time he spent volunteering.

In his younger days, Bill enjoyed bowling and even participated in a league. He was an avid golfer. He loved golfing so much that it didn’t matter what the weather was, he would try to get a few rounds in. He also liked to fish. Most of all, Bill loved to spend time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and Henry.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the funeral home with Neva McFarland officiating. Bill will be laid to rest with military honors in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Service League at Union Hospital or the Vigo County Public Library. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net