The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 25, 2013

Joe M. Patterson

The Joplin Globe

OZARK, Mo. — Joe M. Patterson, age 80, of Ozark, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013.

He was born Feb. 7, 1933, in Stilwell, Okla., the son of Arthur and Verna (Kelly) Patterson, the seventh of 12 children.

On July 5, 1952, he married Ollie B. Green. Joe served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army. He received a Specialist in Education degree Ed.S., and worked for 37 years in that field. Joe served 11 years in Kansas as a teacher and administrator, 26 years in Missouri and 23 years in Carl Junction, where he was Assistant Superintendent.

Joe trusted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at First Baptist Church, Carl Junction in 1992. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Ozark, a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening and fishing. Joe also worked on Senate Bill 40, regarding Handicapped Housing.

Survivors include his wife, of 60 years, Ollie B. Patterson, of Ozark; a daughter, Linda Patterson, Ozark; three sons, Steve Patterson and wife, Diann, Webb City, Dr. Kevin Patterson and wife, Sarah, Ozark and David Patterson and wife, Angela, Ozark; 10 grandchildren, Micah Patterson and wife, Robin, Jessica Rimmer and husband, Terry, Leah Rush and husband, Scott, Sarah Beth Patterson, Kaleb Patterson, Keaton Patterson, Kramer Patterson, Trenton Patterson and wife, Ashley, Alyssa Patterson and Teagon Patterson; two great- grandchildren, Luke Patterson and Myles Rimmer; five sisters, Christine Hunter, Sue Asbill, Barbara Johnson, Sheridan Patterson and Billie Garrett; and a host of nieces of nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Herbert Patterson, Paul Patterson, HP Patterson and Edwin Patterson; two sisters, Jewell Defenbaugh and Carolyn Lowe; and his lifelong friend, Dr. Jerry Stark.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Ozark, with Reverend Steve Patterson and Pastor Troy Rhoden officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Weaver Cemetery, Ozark, with Pastor Jim Jeffries officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or Bright Futures, USA.