Robert "Pat" Patterson

BELLVILLE: Pat Patterson lived the good life—but now he has another lake to fish.

Robert Eugene “Pat” Patterson passed away Wednesday morning, October 15, 2014 in Ohio Health MedCentral Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 84.

He was born Oct. 12, 1930 to parents Fred & Hester (Beal) Patterson. Pat was graduated from Ontario High School.

On Oct. 12, 1952, he married Dorothy June Wolf and together they spent almost 60 wonderful years until she passed away in 2011.

Pat worked as a mechanic at the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard where he worked for over 36 years until his retirement.

Fond of traveling, Pat and his late wife Dorothy enjoyed cruises together and attending Clear Fork High School athletic events – to cheer on their grandchildren. He was a NASCAR fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching The Ohio State Buckeyes. He brought joy to children and adults alike by dressing as Santa Claus for over 50 years and also portrayed local folk hero Johnny Appleseed.

He was a member of Bellville Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Post #535, and the AMVETS all in Bellville.

He is survived by his children & their spouses: Mike & Phyllis Patterson of Bellville, Phyllis & Tom Miller of Bellville, Peg & Rusty Meeks of Mansfield and Tim Patterson of Bellville; grandchildren Lance & Jody Patterson, Jessica & Brian Mead, Tami & Bill Mowery, Joe Pocs, Bret & Carolyn Miller, Scott Miller, Andrea & Brett Papst, Ryan Chelski and Timmy Ogle; eight great grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law Judy & Larry Maxwell of Coshocton; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bernard & Donna Wolf of Ashland.

In addition to his loving wife Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Wanda Beverage.

The Patterson family will receive friends Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor Karin Wright will officiate and burial with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to benefit Bellville Presbyterian Church or Bellville American Legion: Gift for Yanks may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Pat’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

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