OBITUARY

Henry Eugene Patterson

January 27, 1927January 11, 2021
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Henry Eugene Patterson, of Waco, TX passed away peacefully on Monday, January 11, 2021 at age 93. Graveside services will be celebrated at 2 pm on Friday, January 15th at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco with Father Joe Geleney.

Henry was born the son of Lowery E and Laura Ethel (Smith) Patterson on January 27, 1927 in McGregor, TX. He joined the Navy on his 17th birthday (1944) and proudly served on the USS Kankakee (AO39), the Pipeline of the Seven Seas, during WW II and through November 7, 1947 when he was honorably discharged. He married Irene Olsovsky on January 21, 1946 and shared a marriage of love and devotion for 66 years. After completion of business school, Henry worked as Office Manager for Rainbo Baking Company in Waco, TX as well as both Denver and Pueblo, CO for almost 35 years. Following Rainbo, he worked as the Controller at Davis Brothers Publishing Company in Waco for another 10 years.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Irene; daughter Irene Warren; son Donald Patterson; parents Lowery E and Laura Ethel Patterson; stepmother Oma Patterson; brothers Vernon, Elsmer Elton (LD), William Dial, & Lowery Edward (Junior) Patterson; sisters Marie Hill, Minnie Mae Brooks, & Patsy Frazier; stepbrothers Jesse, Norris & John Delmer Patterson; stepsister Arvie Smith, and many other cherished loved ones and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter-in-law, Terri Patterson, daughter Sandra Frits, sons Allen Patterson & wife Karey, and Bruce Patterson & wife Melissa; Grandchildren Tina Dufault, Janet Patterson, Jean Richardson, Eric & Kevin Frits, Kristi Karrington, Lacy Patterson, and Cameron, Clay, & Cayman Patterson; Great Grandchildren Jackelyn, Julianne & James Dufault, Michael Palermo, Derek, Jesse, & Gracie Richardson, and Knoxie Karrington, and Great Great Grandchildren Connor, Julian & Gavin Palermo, and William Glaser; and many other cherished loved ones and friends.

In addition to cherishing time with his family and friends, Henry loved to celebrate life by yardwork, gardening, ranching, dancing, and making fans.

Memorials may be made in Henry’s name to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

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Virginia Kousal

January 16, 2021

On behalf of the Kousal family, I want to express our condolences to the family of Henry Patterson at the loss of their father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Uncle Henry and Aunt Irene were special people; and a number of us have great memories of times we had with them. Our heart felt prayers are with the family as you deal with the passing of such a good man.

Virginia Kousal and the entire Kousal family

Amanda Mantonya

January 15, 2021

I only met Mr Patterson a few times, but he was so kind and generous in those few instances that it really stood out as something special.

Sympathies to the family.

Leisa Gant

January 15, 2021

Mr. Patterson always had a smile to greet you, a positive attitude, and friendship to offer . A true gentleman! They don’t make them like that anymore.
Condolences to the family.
I know he will be missed.

James Wilkey

January 13, 2021

Uncle Henry will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We always enjoyed our visits and lunch outings and have many wonderful memories of our time with him.

Anna Lois & James Wilkey

Bonnie Smith

January 13, 2021

We always enjoyed visiting Henry when he lived at Providence Park in Waco. He was especially famous for his dance moves and playing dominoes. He was one of the "greatest generation" and we feel honored to have known him. Deepest sympathy to the family.

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