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Patten, Neil E. (1933-2019)


Posted By: Paul Nagy (email)
Date: 12/24/2019 at 21:23:30

Neil E. Patten
January 11, 1933 - August 23, 2019

Neil Edward Patten, age 86, of Alta, Iowa, died on August 23, 2019, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community Center in Storm Lake.

Neil Edward Patten was born on January 11, 1933, in Alta, Iowa, to James Allen and Florence (Barnard) Patten. Growing up, he attended a one room schoolhouse before graduating from Alta High School in 1951. Next, he enlisted in the United States Army where he, proudly, served his country for two years before his honorable discharge. On August 18, 1957, Neil married Patricia Ann Willfong at the United Methodist Church in Newell, Iowa. Subsequently, they were blessed with five children: Brenda, Terry, Joleen, Janeen, and Allen.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Alta, Neil held many church offices over his lifetime. A man of great faith, he, also, belonged to the Alta Masonic Lodge for over sixty-five years where he held numerous offices.

A member of the Alta Golf and Country Club, Neil enjoyed golfing and had scored three holes in one. In his spare time, he, also, enjoyed bowling and playing cards.

Born to farm, Neil loved his occupation. On the farm, he raised hogs, cattle, corn, and soybeans and spent much of his time running his corn shelling business. Moreover, he taught his family how to be good neighbors, always helping others before doing his own work. Unquestionably, he, proudly, received the Century Farm Award. He treasured his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Brenda (Steve) Bradley, of Sioux City, Iowa, Terry (Steve) Brashears, of Storm Lake, Iowa, and Allen (Michelle) Patten, of Storm Lake, Iowa; his grandchildren: Jen (Adam) Preston and Justin Bradley, of Sioux City, Iowa; Annie, Trevor (Brittney), and Taylor Bradley, all of Sioux City, Iowa; Ali (Austin) Langel, of Storm Lake, Iowa; Jared (Melanie) Brashears, of Storm Lake, Iowa; Zachary Brashears, of Ames, Iowa; Tyler (Kari) Patten, of Webster City, Iowa; Brandon Patten, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Halle Patten, of Storm Lake, Iowa; his great grandchildren: Kade and Kole Preston; Cameron, Cruz, Raelee, and Rayden Bradley; Henry Langel; and Clayton Patten; his brother, Doug Patten, of Omaha, Nebraska; his sister, Ruth Hoferman of Storm Lake, Iowa; and his sister-in-law, Darlene Patten, of Cherokee, Iowa; as well as extended family members and many friends.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Patten; his twin daughters, Joleen and Janeen; his parents, James Allen and Florence Patten; his brothers, Kenny and Tom Patten; his brother-in-law, Clinton Hoferman; and his sisters-in-law, Joyce and Gin Patten.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Alta. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta. Visitation will take place Monday, August 26, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in ALTA with a Masonic prayer service at 7:00 p.m. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Alta is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials can be directed to the Alta First Presbyterian Church or the Alta Masonic Lodge.

Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes, Alta, Iowa, 2019.


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