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Harold A. Patrick 1914-1955

PATRICK, KNIGHT, PETERSON

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 11/25/2010 at 15:45:38

Last Rites at Estherville for Harold Patrick
Harold Patrick, 49, former field executive for the Boys Scouts in the Emmetsburg area, die Saturday, May 7, at Kansas City, Kansas. The funeral was held Wednesday, May 11, at the Presbyterian church in Estherville. Last rites were read by the Rev. Tom Melton. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery, Estherville.

Patrick is survived by his wife, his son Steven, 4; his mother, Mrs. Patrick Peterson; and a brother, Dane Patrick, Spencer.

Pallbearers were Byron Peterson, Wahpeton; Mark Perkenson, Fort Dodge; Lyle Thompson, Spencer, Darwing Van Tarp, Goldfield; and Bob Doer, Council Bluffs.

Patrick was a field executive for the Prairie Gold Area council of the Boy Scouts. He was later promoted to a position on the staff of the National Boy Scout council with offices in Kansas City, Mo. He held the position for three years prior to his death.

A memorial fund in honor of Patrick has been started for development of the Prairie Gold Area council. Hubert Dougherty of Estherville is in charge of the project. (The Reporter, Emmetsburg, IA, May 10, 1955)

Former Scout Leader Here Dies Suddenly
Word was received Sunday by the Prairie Gold Council, Boy Scouts of America, of the sudden death of Harold A. Patrick of Kansas City, former Field Executive of the Council and Camp Director of the Prairie Gold Scout Reservation form 1949 to 1952. He was a well-known figure to both Scouts and leaders and served the Districts of the Council including Dickinson, Emmet, Clay, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties.

He was transferred to the Regional Office of the Boy Scouts in Kansas City in the Fall of 1952 to assume the position of Assistant to the Regional Executive and had made his home in that city to the present time. He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Knight of Estherville, and one son 5 years of age. His death came suddenly Saturday afternoon at his home. He had returned from his office for lunch and had complained of indigestion and decided to lie down until lunch was ready. When his wife went to call him to lunch, she found him dead.

During his employment in the Prairie Gold Council, he helped develop the present Council camp following its purchase in 1949 and actively managed the camp in the first three seasons of its operation. Many of the major developments there were the result of his efforts.

A Scout funeral service were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville where he was buried. The family has requested that no flowers be sent but that friends join with the Council in the establishment of a memorial fund for a camp project in his honor. (West Bend Journal, West Bend, IA, May 12, 1955)


 

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