David L. Patten, 90, of Nevada, and formerly of Wamego and Manhattan, Kan., died Monday, July 4, 2011, at the Christian Health Care in Nixa, Mo.
He was born on Dec. 26, 1920, in Randolph, Kan., the son of Harry J. and Kathryn (Nelson) Patten.
He worked for Viking Manufacturing for 19 years as a sheet metal worker and the custodial department at Kansas State University for 10 years before his retirement in 1982. David was very gifted with his hands and was known as an all around handyman. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. He was a member of the Assembly of God church in Nevada and friends to many at the Nevada Senior Center.
He was married to Twila Schwartz in 1945 and they had two children. She preceded him in death in 1990. He was then married to Cora Prim in 1991 and Mary Beasley in 1996. They both preceded him in death. He then married Nancy McFarland in 2003 and they lived in Nevada, up until 2010, where they loved to work in their vegetable garden. They then moved to Nixa, Mo. She survives of the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three brothers, Harry Patten, George Patten and Jay Patten.
In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by two sons, Larry Patten in 1956 and David C. Patten in 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 8, at the Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, Kan., with the Rev. Kevin Larson officiating. Respect calls may be made anytime Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Randolph Fancy Creek Cemetery, north of Randolph.
A memorial has been established for the Christian Healthcare, Nixa, Mo., for the care of Nancy Patten. Contributions may be left in care of the Holmes-Pfeifley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 176, Riley, KS 66531.