Donald S. Patterson
Donald S. Patterson, born November 3, 1917, youngest of three children, died at home in Hardyville on July 23, 2012 with both his children at his side.
Having started as an office boy at a St. Louis food brokerage while in high school, in 1980 Don retired to Sea Pines, Hilton Head Island, as president of Bene-Patterson Food Brokerage Co. Beloved by his employees, he was respected throughout the industry for integrity and fair dealings.
He was an officer with the 164th Field Artillery, 40th Army Division in the Pacific Theater of WWII for 3.5 years, ensuring never a short round with his calculations.
He married Geneva H. Abbott in 1939 and enjoyed 71 travel-filled years together until her death in 2011.
He was an avid golfer and Bronze Life Master in duplicate bridge. He developed his beautiful bass-baritone voice through the church choir and the St. Louis Institute of Music, and sang at many weddings and events.
He was an active member of Giddings-Boyle Presbyterian Church, Friedens UCC and Ladue Chapel in St. Louis, and the 1st Presbyterian churches of Hilton Head and Vero Beach. He was a choir soloist, deacon, trustee and session member. He joined Campbell Presbyterian Church in Weems in 2011.
He was the beloved father of Ron and Pat; grandfather of 5; and great-grandfather of 10.
His resonant voice and loving, forgiving heart will be missed by many.
A joint memorial service for Don and Geneva will be held in St. Louis on September 16.