Date of death: 6/26/2019
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1955
George Bernard Patterson, Jr., 90 of Loogootee, IN passed away peacefully at Northwood Good Samaritan Retirement Center in Jasper, IN on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He was born June 25, 1929 in Washington, IN to the late George “Bud” and Julia (Acton) Patterson. He attended St. Meinrad Latin School and graduated from Loogootee High School in 1947. George joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and served as 1st Airman at bases in Ohio, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.
He married Mary Kay Morgan in 1957 frequently stating she was the “best thing that ever happened to me.” They shared 60 years of married life together. She preceded him in death in September 2017. Together they raised 7 children at the home he built on 409 South East Third Street Loogootee, IN. Their children are Gail Myers (Lou Lupin) La Jolla, CA, Morgan Patterson Noblesville, IN, Alice Smith, (Paul) Roswell, GA, Julia Day (Jim) Bloomington, IN Georgia Templin (Randy) Hagerstown, IN, Amy Williams (Jeff) Crestwood, KY and Neil Patterson, Indianapolis, IN. He was Grandpa to 13 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren. Through the years they could count on Grandpa for a “horsey ride” on his leg, going out to ‘the farm’ to see the cows or playing a competitive game of Euchre. Their names are: Chanel Kincaid (Noah) Los Angeles, CA, Ericka Myers, San Francisco, CA, Will Butcher (Becca) Atlanta, GA, Brian Butcher (Josey), Sugar Hill, GA, Anna Nistler,(Matt) San Francisco, CA, Alex Templin, Houston, TX, Bret Templin Bloomington, IN, Andrew and Grant Williams, Crestwood, KY Janice and Jace Day Bloomington, IN Maya and Amina Patterson, Indianapolis, IN and Great Grandchildren, Moshe and Adelina Kincaid of Los Angeles, CA. Besides his children and grandchildren, he is also survived by his younger sister, Gloria Hart and his Morgan Family in-laws Sandy Morgan, Ruth and Kenny Dupps, Jane and Truman Hedrick, Mona Harrison, Ted and Cheryl Morgan and Fred and Tana Porter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Julia (Acton) Patterson, Sisters, Beulah Carrico, Judy Gootee, infant brother Joseph, his wife, Mary Kay Patterson, and brothers-in-law, Emil Carrico, Bill Hart and Carl ‘Bus’ Morgan. Like his father, he worked at Crane Navel Weapons Support Center as a Printer at the base print shop until he retired as Print Supervisor in1989. He was a founding partner of Belgrade Developers in 1962 and continued those friendships and interests in farming and land development for the next 57 years. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Church and upon retirement, he initiated the writing & documentation of the 150-year history book of the church and school.
George believed in giving back to his community and served through the years in various organizations including Loogootee City Council, Loogootee School Board, Knights of Columbus, Loogootee Little League, Loogootee Alumni Committee, Jay C’s, St. John’s History Committee, St. John’s Summer Festival Committee, St. Vincent De Paul, and St. John’s Cemetery.
George was grateful for his large family and friends that brought such joy and memories to his life.