James L. Patterson

PATTERSON-James obit

James L. Patterson, 80, of Belle Center, passed away Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014, after a long illness.

He was born in Logan County on March 27, 1934, to the late Alfred and Helen McGinnis Patterson. He also was preceded in death by his siblings, Alfred J. Patterson, Larry Patterson, Maxine Pemberton and Janie Chamberlin.

On July 20, 1957, he married the former Margaret Scott in Zanesfield and she survives, along with their daughters, Lynda (Jeff) Holycross and Jean (Ken) Patterson-Durr; granddaughters, Meredith Passaro, Adelyn Passaro and Olivia Durr; stepgranddaughters, Corey (Braden) Gueth and Abby (Nate) Alexander; four great-stepgrandchildren; brothers, Joe (Shirley), Ed (Ruth) and Mike (Karen) Patterson; sisters, Joann (Herb) Litteral and Marge (Fred) Chasteen; and many nieces and nephews.

A 1953 Belle Center High School graduate, Jim worked at D.A.B. in Bellefontaine for 43 years. A gifted athlete, Jim played semi-pro baseball as a young man and later took up softball and golf.

He was an avid gardener, mushroom hunter and trapper, and was at home in the woods and fields of Logan County. He was a devoted husband, a loving parent and proud grandfather.

Pastor Terry Robinson officiates a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday in the Northwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine 43311.

Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, Belle Center, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com