John Duane Patterson

John Duane Patterson was born to Marion Kelly and Imogene (Meeker) Patterson on January 23, 1935, in Eskridge, Kansas. He died at the age of 89 at his home in Salina, Kansas.

John received an engineering degree from Kansas State University. He was drafted into the Army and travelled Europe as a GI. In 1962, he married Peggy Ann Rollins in Salina, Kansas.

John’s electrical engineering career included jobs at the Royals/Chiefs Stadium in Kansas City, the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and the Houston Opera House in Texas. He also worked in Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. His talents were highly appreciated by JMEG Electrical Contractors, where he worked for the last 50+ years. John was still bidding contracts a week before he passed. His family would like to recognize his longtime commitment to supporting them.

In his own laconic style, John described his life as: “Born in Kansas, died in Kansas. In between, had a great family and great jobs, saw the world.”

John is predeceased by his wife Peggy Ann (Rollins) Patterson, his sisters Kay and Sharon. He is survived by his daughter Kristen (husband Paul) Leathers, grandson Kelly Vance; his son Kevin (wife Peggene) Patterson; daughter Pam Patterson (husband Robert Gorry Jr), and grandchildren Jordanna Cadden-Packtor, Jacob Packtor, Isaac Packtor and Charlotte Gorry; and two great-grandchildren, River and Rowan Cadden-Packtor.

The family would like to express deep gratitude to John’s longtime caregiver, Denise Kohlman, and to his hospice nurses, Amanda and Jess, for tending to all his needs, keeping him comfortable, and providing a peaceful passage for him in his last days.

Viewing will be at noon on Monday, June 10, 2024 at Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street with a graveside service to follow at 1 p.m. in Gypsum Hill Cemetery. A reception at the house will follow.