Willis Francis Patterson 83 of Divide, CO passed away quietly at home with family at his side. Born in Spokane, WA. He survived by his wife of sixty-two years and love of his life Shirley, one son, a daughter, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two sisters.
Growing up in Cavendish, ID he spilt time between working in the family's store and working in the woods. Joining the National Guard, after two years he enlisted in the Army in 1954 into the fifth, then sixth infantry, to the 527 MPs; injuring his shoulder, he served as a cell block guard until being reassigned as a food service supervisor.
Three tours in Germany, one during the occupation; two tours to Vietnam, one attached to the 169th Engineers, the other first Cav, where he earned the Bronze Star with a V device for courage under fire, and a Purple Heart.
Unwilling to accept a Warrant Commision back in the US he retired from Military service as as SFC in 1974. When thanked for his service, his answer always; "It was my Honor."
As a civilian, he was a Kitchen Mng, Sous Chef and Head Chef in Colo Spgs for some years; transfering to Civil Service at Fort Carson as a Munitions Inspector; retiring in 2005.
His interests was in sports, mainly football; a love of nature and the outdoors, fishing, fly tying, cooking, macrame, crochet, speding time with family, along with walking and playing catch with his dog. An avid reader and woodworker, he enjoyed building things. As far as movies, westerns topped his list and wholesome entertainment; his favorite comedy was: Down Periscope, and always loved a good joke.
A loving Husband and Father; no words can express how sorely he will forever be missed.
Memorial services will be held at a later date and will be updated accordingly. Please make donations in Pats name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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