Obituary for Joseph F "Joe" Patterson

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Joseph F "Joe" Patterson

February 14, 1930 - August 31, 2012

Joseph F. "Joe" Patterson, age 82 passed away Friday evening, August 31, 2012 at the Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a resident of Brown County.

Joe was born February 14, 1930 in Milwaukee,Oregon to the late Burt & Effie (Price) Patterson. He married Margaret E. (Hunley) Patterson on June 9, 1951 in Indianapolis. She survives after 61 loving years.

Also surviving are his three sons: Daniel J. (Jennifer) Patterson of Morgantown, David F. (Amy B.) Patterson of Brown County & Mark R. (Amy) Patterson of Nineveh. He will be remembered by his two sisters: Josephine Armes of Greenwood, Stecil Ferguson of St. Petersburg, FL; two brothers: Pat Patterson of Oregon & Bob Patterson of Thorntown; six grandchildren: Adam, Aaron, Nolan, Avery, Ben & Wesley; and three great grandchildren: Levi, Sylas & Hudson.

Joe was preceded in death by one sister: Helen Thorne.

He was a 1948 graduate of Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis and went on to serve his country as a Naval Seaman with the United States Navy from 1949 to 1956. He also was a 1956 graduate of the Indiana Barber College in Indianapolis.

Joe retired in 1990 as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service in the Southport area after 25 years of service. In 1985, he was the founder and owner/operator of Hoosier Tool & Grinding in Brown County, which is still operating today. Prior to that, he owned a Barber Shop in Trafalgar from 1958 to 1965 and also worked as an instructor for the Indiana Barber College in Indianapolis.

Joe was a member of the Morgantown Baptist Church and the Letter Carriers Union of Southport. He was a hard worker all of his life and enjoyed reading, fan of all sports including the Indianapolis Colts and IU Basketball. Joe loved his family and especially spending time with his grandchildren.

The Rev. Ben Swopes will conduct a funeral service 10:30 am Wednesday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Joe to the Morgantown Baptist Church "Memorial Fund" 109 West Elm Street, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Patterson family at or information: 812-597-4670.


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Born: February 14, 1930
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Patty & Art Dewaelsche posted on 1/1/00

We are so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Even though we did not know him real well, I remember the good old days when there were gatherings. That is when I noticed he was a family man and had a great personality towards everyone he met. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We were so fortunate to have such a great man in our life. Only time will heal, and hopes now that the great memories will out-weigh the hurt. Love you guys.


Rita Keith posted on 1/1/00

Margaret, Dan, David & Mark: I'm so sorry for your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers. I will always remember the many talks I had with Joe. He was a great guy and I'm glad I had the chance to know him in my younger years. To David and Mark I would love to see you two sometime. We've talked about a reunion many times and I would love to see that happen. Please give your Mom a big hug from me. I'm lifting you all up in my prayers. Take care & God Bless, Rita Keith


Laura Young, for TRIAD posted on 1/1/00

Dear family, All of us with TRIAD send our sincere sympathies to you on the loss of such a fine man. We always enjoyed our visits to Joe, and could see how he was surrounded by love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pete Schrougham, Carol Morgan, Violet Miller, Lew Worcel, Pam Sherill, Lois Followell, Ralph and Becky Pierce, Marvin and Diane Tetrick, Dick and Laura Young