Elmer James Patterson, 87, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away at his home in Oak Park, Tuesday afternoon, October 11, 2022.
Elmer was born March 15, 1935, at Pampa, Texas to Charles Lynn Patterson and Beulah (Barnett) Patterson. He grew up in Caney, Kansas, where he graduated high school. As a young man in high school, Elmer played in the band and loved attending the football games, cruising with his friends, and shooting pool. After high school, Elmer attended Coffeyville Community College and later, Kansas State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Shortly thereafter, Elmer was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and in 1960, received his honorable discharge. Upon returning stateside, he married Stella Bartlett. The couple made their home in Bartlesville and Elmer took employment with Phillips Petroleum Company. He worked in chemical engineering until he took early retirement.
Elmer was of the United Methodist faith. He was an avid reader and life-long learner. Elmer played trumpet in the Caney High School band and later used his talent as a bugler in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Patterson of Pittsburg, Kansas; a stepdaughter, Cindy Loper of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; one sister, Fran Harman of Bartlesville; two granddaughters, Danielle Patterson of Pittsburg and Ashley Patterson and her husband, Allen Grisso of Bartlesville and one great-grandson, Jerek Sheets. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Stella; and by an older brother, Lynn Charles Patterson.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2022, in the Chapel of Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Ramona Cemetery under the direction of Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Graveside military rites will be presented by VFW Post 7977 of Skiatook, Oklahoma. Visitation will be Sunday, 1-6pm with family receiving guests from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. To send an online condolence, visit www.honoringmemories.com.