Glenn A. Patterson, 88 of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 2, 2020 at The Mayo Clinic, St. Marys Campus.
Glenn was born December 12, 1931 at home, in Rochester to Glen and Della Patterson. He was a 1950 graduate of Rochester High School. After high school, Glenn went on to serve his country as part of the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he went on to obtain his bachelors degree in Industrial Administration from the University of Minnesota. Glenn worked at JPL, working on the program that put astronauts on the moon. Among JPL, Glenn worked for several other companies before coming to The Mayo Clinic where he spent 22 years and retired in 1994. Glenn was an avid reader, loved eating sweets, feeding the squirrels and talking politics. He also enjoyed square dancing and singing in a Barbershop Choir when he was younger. Glenn was a kind and funny man, strong willed and was always looking out for others.
He is survived by his children, Joseph (Nico) Patterson of Rochester, David (Tina) Patterson of Rochester, Robert (Sherri) Patterson of Saint Michael, MN, Michael (Joanne) Patterson of AZ and Shirley Mulder of Lanesboro; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his son, Charles Wical and by his grandson, Victor Patterson.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of the service. Pastor Greg Loy will be officiating with burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Due to Covid-19, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. The funeral service will also be livestreamed on the Ranfranz and Vine Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Ranfranzandvine/) starting a five minutes prior to 1:00 p.m.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Patterson family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
The loss of a father is a heavy burden to bear. We gather together on this heartfelt day to say our last goodbye. We may find it hard or unfair, but together we will mourn with sadness and tears and take a few moments to reminisce and share. Let us comfort each other in our time of need and give ourselves time to grieve. Whether we are here in person or virtually as our current world demands, we are united in our prayers.
Our family will be observing the funeral through live streaming. We will be with you in spirit and prayer: Shirley, Michele, Jason, Kjersten, Jared, Jacob, Jordan
To my family, may you treasure the best memories of our father. To Dad, I will miss your smile and your laughter, I will miss sharing a big bowl of popcorn with you, and quiet time walking through the gardens. May the Lord light your way and bring you peace. I will miss you. All my love and prayers, your daughter Shirley
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