Richard Charles Patterson


Patterson, Richard_oval (4)August 27, 1943 ~ November 20, 2015

Richard Charles Patterson, 72, Brandon, died Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Richard Charles Patterson was born August 27, 1943, in Greenfield, IA to Frank and Opal (Olson) Patterson. Upon his graduation from high school, Richard joined and served in the Iowa National Guard for 6 years. On August 28, 1966, Richard married Peggy Finck and the couple moved to Santa Maria, CA. To this union, two children were born. He worked in the area transporting mobile homes until 1976, when he moved the family back to Tyndall, SD to raise the children in a safer environment. Richard worked as a police officer and also a cable company technician and management until he retired in 2009. Richard resettled in Brandon to be close to his daughter and grandchildren. The grandchildren were important to him and he loved spending holidays surrounded by his family.

Richard loved the outdoors and hunting, camping, boating and waterskiing were all favorites of his. He had several mounts of deer, bear, antelope, and turkey. He also bowled in the winter time with his family. Richard was also well known in Tyndall for his woodworking shop where he made Christmas cut-outs and lighted them. He made many for other people and for around his house. The family would put out 10 to 15 thousand lights around their yard and fence. They were even featured on KELO TV for their light show.

Richard will be deeply missed by his children, Heath (Elizabeth) Patterson, Washburn, ND and Melissa (Michael) Labahn, Brandon, SD; four grandchildren, Owen, Kari, Madelyn, and Maria; and one brother, Gerald Patterson, Des Moines, IA.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

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