Harold Edwin Patterson
Harold Patterson, former resident and businessman of Ft. Morgan and Estes Park, died peacefully in his sleep with his family at his bedside at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center on June 9, 2012.
Harold was born to Harry Taplin Patterson and Ellen Leona Warner Paterson on Aug. 29, 1924.
After graduating from Fort Morgan High School, he attended Mesa College in Grand Junction before enlisting in the Marine Corp in 1943. He proudly served his country in the 5th Division, Artillery Unit and was on board an artillery ship during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Harold returned home to Ft. Morgan following his honorable discharge where he went in to business with his father and uncle, operating the Patterson Hardware Store.
In 1952, Harold married Carol Maxine Hall. They had four children. The two later divorced. In 1973, Harold sold the hardware business and moved to Estes Park, where he owned and operated a Western Auto Store. He also volunteered at the Tourist Center of Estes Park.
Harold will be fondly remembered for his love of family, sense of humor and caring nature. He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, fishing, golfing, hiking, cross country skiing, playing cards, board games and trips to Blackhawk.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Leona; brother, Warner; sister, Jane; and one grandson.
He is survived by one sister, Gerry (Bill) Martindale of Estes Park; 4 children, Jerilyn Hall of Brush, Peggy (Dwayne) Thompson of Fort Morgan, Kirk (Lori) Patterson of Ft. Collins, and Sue Patterson (Bill) of Alamosa. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
One of Harold’s most memorable experiences was his trip to Washington D. C. with his son accompanying him, on the Honor Flight Northern Colorado in September 2011. As a Thank You for their service, this privately funded organization honors veterans with an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to view the monuments erected in their honor.
Due to Harold’s experience with Honor Flight, the family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Honor Flight Northern Colorado so that other veterans may be honored as well. Donations made in Harold’s name may be sent to CFSGWC, 711th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631 or on-line at honorflight/northern Colorado.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Allnutt Funeral Home of Fort Collins. A private scattering of the ashes will be held by the family at a later date.