Obituary: Gerald L. Patton


REED CITY — Gerald L. Patton, 56, of Reed City, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

He was born Dec. 5, 1954 in Niles to Gerald and Clara (Lear) Patton.

Gerald grew up in the Galien and Niles area. He served in the U.S. Army, being discharged in 1975. He moved to the Reed City area in 1976. He married Robin Rhode on Sept. 5, 1981 in Luther. Gerald retired from Yoplait. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with his granddaughter.

Surviving are his wife Robin; two sons, Christopher (Kristie) Patton of Evart and Tyler Patton, serving in the U.S. Air Force; his granddaughter Harley; his mother and step-father Clara and Bill McKindley of Buchanan; three sisters, Cathy Hamilton of Texas, Beverly Melton of Tennessee and Sharon Patton of Buchanan; brothers-in-law John Finch of Arizona and Phil Rhode of Reed City; sister-in-law Stacey Abbott of Atlanta; and several loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at the American Legion in Buchanan and at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Pinora Township Hall near Reed City. Burial will be in Galien Township Cemetery at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 19835 5 Mile Rd., Reed City, MI. 49677.