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Harold E. Patterson

Harold E. Patterson, 93, former longtime resident of Coffeyville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at his home in Colwich, Kansas.




Harold was born on August 26, 1928, in Mound Valley, Kansas to Grover C. and Effie E. (Hartman) Patterson.  Harold attended grade school and graduated high school in Mound Valley.




As a young man, Harold operated the projector for the Community Movie night in Altamont, Kansas.  After completing the set up one evening, he grabbed a cup of coffee at the local diner.   A young waitress by the name of Thelma Steeby waited on him that evening and she made quite an impression on him.  After five years of courtship, the couple were married on June 25, 1949.  The couple were blessed with two daughters, Denise and Dena.




Harold worked for Junge Bakery in Coffeyville from 1949 to 1974 when the Coffeyville location was closed and relocated.  He found employment at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital now known as Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Environmental Services where he remained until his retirement in 1991.




Harold and Thelma were active in church attending Westside Christian Church prior to moving to Colwich when they began attending Pathway Church in Goddard.  Harold was also a member of the Keystone Lodge #102, Eastern Star, White Shrine, and volunteered in the CRMC Auxiliary.  Harold enjoyed anything related to trains, playing cards, photography, gardening, and traveling with his wife and family.   He could always be found at his daughters’, and later his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s, school activities and sporting events with camera in hand capturing every moment.  He will always be remembered for the funny stories he either recalled or made up, you really weren’t every for sure which it was.




Those left to honor him is his daughter, Dena and her husband Mike Purkey, son-in-law, David Morey, five grandchildren, Chris Purkey and his wife Megan, Jay Purkey and his wife Jamie, Kaitlyn Purkey, Shawn Morey and his wife Jenifer and Patricia Norris, twelve great grandchildren, Hazel, Hendrix, Jayden, Charlee Ann, Crosby, Mason Purkey, Paige and Petyon Morey, Christopher Norris, and Cyler Adkins and many other love-adopted family and friends.  Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Thelma, his daughter Dee Morey, three brothers, Harrison Hoffman, Lloyd and Alvan Patterson, three sisters, Mildred Looney, Velda Allen and Goldie McDowell.




Funeral services to celebrate Harold’s life will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 10:30am at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel, 2405 Woodland Ave., Coffeyville, Kansas with Pastor Rodney Elliott and son-in-law Mike Purkey officiating.  Services will be streamed live from Ford-Wulf-Bruns website under Harold’s obituary.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 6 to 8 pm also at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel.  The family request memorial contributions to be made payable to the Harold Patterson Memorial Scholarship that is being established for students in or going into a healthcare and may be left in care of the chapel.  To share a memory, leave an online condolence, or watch the services visit


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