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Robert E. "Bobby" Patterson, 70, of McAlester, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in McAlester.
Visitation times will be today from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A Rosary will be held today, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at Brumley-Mills Chapel.
Mass will be Monday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Robert Dye officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard from Fort Sill. Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.
Pallbearers are Jerry Donathan, John Arter, Ed Crawley, David Janes, Michael McKean, Gary Benizzi and Carolyn Kulak.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the National Guard 445th Military Police Company.
Robert E. "Bobby" Patterson was born on Oct. 7, 1946, in McAlester, to Robert and Louise (Crispy) Patterson. He grew up here and attended St. John's Catholic School until moving to McAlester public schools, where he graduated from McAlester High School in 1965.
During his teen years in McAlester, Robert was active in the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout badge.
He then attended Eastern State College where he earned an associate degree.
At the age of 18, Robert joined the U.S.Army National Guard in McAlester and served duty throughout the state, serving his country in the National Guard for 35 years. During his service, in 1981, he was called to active duty and was sent to Saudi Arabia where he served during Desert Storm. Bobby was awarded numerous commendations and medals, some of which included the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Humanitarian Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal, to name a few.
Robert had also worked at Howard's/Gibsons Department store in McAlester for a few years, and after his retirement from the National Guard he went to work at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City for 10 years, finally retiring back to McAlester.
In his spare time, Robert loved to go hunting and fishing.
He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in McAlester.
Robert is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jerry Donathan, of McAlester; a nephew, Chad Donathan and wife, Carri, of Hulbert; three great-nieces, Hannah Cox, of Fort Smith, and Braceie and Bristol Donathan, of Hulbert, and a special friend, Carolyn Kulak, of McAlester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew, Justin Donathan.
Published on August 6, 2017
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