Joe Patterson

joe patterson
Joel D. Patterson, age 55, of Elma, IA, formerly of Hartford, IA died on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA. Joe (only his mother called him Joel and usually when he was in trouble) was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up on a farm between Hartford and Palmyra with his mother and father, Marilyn and Edgar, and 4 siblings, Scott, Bill, Kim, and Jeff. Joe loved growing up on the farm, not because he enjoyed farming, but because he loved the outdoors. He was at peace when he was fishing in the pond, walking the “Back 10” (a plot of woods with a flowing stream), or just hiding in the old barn. Joe graduated high school and had a tremendous gift for drawing and painting, at one time receiving instruction from Maxine Jean Pendry, renowned artist of Iowa. He had several professions, but gravitated toward the construction industry building homes. Unfortunately, Joe’s life changed drastically when a construction accident caused him to be paralyzed below the waist. It was an injury from which he never really recovered; he returned to painting, especially landscapes and animals, but his diminished freedom and inability to roam the outdoors seriously crippled his spirit. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn. He is survived by his son, Jeremiah (Laura) Patterson and six grandchildren, Nathanael, Kyndall, Ian, Caleb, Tylor, and Lily. In addition, he is survived by his father, Edgar S. Patterson of Hartford, Iowa, his 4 siblings, H. Scott (Krista) Patterson of Aptos, California, William L. (Kristi) Patterson of Stoughton, Wisconsin, Kimela S. (Rick) Marble of Hartford, Iowa, and Jeffery G. (Paula) Patterson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 10 nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date.

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  1. Our prayers and sympathies are with Family. My Mom is currently residing @ The Colonial Manor. This is where we met Joe. He would be outside having a smoke and would always chat & greet us whenever we come to see Mom. He had a beautiful smile. Mom told us of Joe’s artistic abilities and all the painting projects he did and sold. Very talented. On behalf of myself, Husband And Mom, we offer or deepest sympathies and prayers. God Bless. Deb & Don Morrison and Dorothy Vorwald

  2. Our deepest condolences are with you in your time of grief. May you continue to find comfort in the memories that you all shared together and get comfort from knowing one day Sickness will be no more and Death will be a thing of the past. In times of grief such as these, We find it comforting to meditate on the words found in the Bible at Job 14:14, 15. Job expressed his faith that God would bring him back to life if he should fall asleep in death as he said: All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you.” The scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunite with your loved one in the near future, right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. Psalms 37:10, 11 offers us this promise. Our sincere condolences to your entire family.

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