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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:36

What did Robert Patterson enjoy most about his career in education?

“Dealing with children and helping them learn,” said his wife Sandra. “That meant everything to him.”

Mr. Patterson died May 4 at Columbia St. Mary’s hospice unit in Mequon from  Alzheimer’s Disease. A Grafton resident the past three years, he was 89.

He was also an avid golfer — “I used to play with him and those were good times,” his wife said — and loved literature.

“He’d read anything and everything he could get his hands on,” she said.

Mr. Patterson was born on May 22, 1927 in Racine, son of Alexander Patterson and Edith Pawasarat Patterson. He grew up in Racine and Bay View, graduating from Bay View High School in 1945. 

After graduation, he served in the US Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. 

After returning from the service he worked for Consolidated Freightways while attending the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In December 1951, he married Shirley Olive Orthmann, who died in 2002.

Mr. Patterson then married Sandra LeBoutillier in November 2004.

Mr. Patterson began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in the Oak Creek/Franklin School District. During his 35-plus years as an educator, his positions included vice-principal, principal and director of curriculum. 

He was active in the Grant Park Men’s Club and Oak Creek Kiwanis. 

Mr. Patterson was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in South Milwaukee, Brookfield Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. 

He is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Robert A. “Zeke” (Rosemarie) Patterson, Cheryl (Sonya) Patterson, Seth (Viviana) Patterson, Ann (Paul) Anderson, Susan (Paul Ehlenbach) Patterson, Mark and Kim (Sean Maroney) Patterson. 

He is further survived by grandchildren Nickolaus Patterson, Martha and Hannah Ehlenbach, Ian and Luke Anderson, Zachary Patterson, Antuan; and step-daughter Patricia (Tom) Mayer.

A memorial service was held May 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton. Eernisse Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Horizon Hospice, Lakefield Adult Day Center Activities Fund in Grafton, or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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