Ralph V. Patterson passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

Ralph V. Patterson passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

 Ralph was born in Newton, Kan., the son of Virgil and Ada (Falk) Patterson. The family moved from the farm to the city as jobs were available in those times. Ralph joined and served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to December 1953, then again from December 1953 to March 1960. He served in the Korean War. Following the death of his father in 1955, Ralph brought his mother out to San Diego, where he was stationed. After taking a college course on computer programming, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., in the late 60’s to work for TWA. Ralph met and married his wife, Barbara, in June 1969. In 1980, Ralph was recruited to Omaha, Neb., for a job and then to Miami, Fla. Later after coming back to Independence, Mo., Ralph rejoined TWA in Kansas City.

Ralph belonged to a gun club and had won many ribbons for pistol shooting. Ralph enjoyed the history of old houses and bought one that was built in 1849 in Independence to restore. He became acquainted with and joined a group of “Confederate soldiers” who shot targets with black powder pistols and rifles. He enjoyed being with the group, wearing the Confederate uniform and shooting with black powder. He also enjoyed sailing in his boat and scuba diving. Ralph took a trip with some buddies and panned for gold. Ralph was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Judy Ritoch, and his nephews, Alan Lowe and Kirk Davis.

He leaves his wife, Barbara Patterson; stepchildren, Connie Rockley of Kansas City North, Stephen Jones of Port St. John, Fla., and Gary Jones of Independence; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews, Terry Lowe of Covina, Calif., Melody Weaver of Springfield, Mo., and Gary Davis of Yates Center, Kan.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Road, Independence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the funeral home; with burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.

Suggested contributions may be made to Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 S. Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073.

Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.nolandroadchapel.com.

Arrangements: Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Road, Independence, MO 64050, 816-252-8900.

 

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