The Rev. Dr. Roger D. Patton
July 21, 1936 ó Oct. 11, 2015
The Rev. Dr. Roger D. Patton of Waukesha died on Sunday, October 11,
2015, at the age of 79. He was born in Independence, Iowa, on July 21,
1936, the son of James E. and Gladys (nee Utley) Patton and grew up on a
farm in Delaware County in Iowa.
On August 21, 1958, he married Mary E. (Gibbs) Patton; she preceded him
in death on February 10, 2014.
Roger was a man of strong faith and received his undergraduate degree
from the University of Dubuque, where he was inducted into the Athletic
Hall of Fame for football and wrestling. He went on to Princeton
Theological Seminary, where he received his Bachelor of Divinity and
finally to McCormick Seminary in Chicago, where he received his
Doctorate of Ministry. Along the way, he earned an additional masterís
degree from the University of Dubuque Seminary in Sacred Theology.
Ordained in 1960, Roger served as the pastor of several Presbyterian
churches, including the First and Second Presbyterian Churches of
Oxford, N.J., Olivet Presbyterian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, First
Presbyterian in Jamaica, N.Y. (established 1662), First Presbyterian in
Wellsboro, Pa., and Vernon Presbyterian in Big Bend.
Roger was instrumental in starting affordable senior housing projects in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jamaica, N.Y. Both Geneva Tower and Conlon LIHFE
Towers stand today. His ministry at Vernon Presbyterian included
starting a preschool and daycare center that has served many local
Roger was very concerned about civil rights and served on the board of
the NAACP in Jamaica, N.Y., in the 1970s and made his first visit to
Milwaukee to march with Father Groppi in the 1960s.
Roger was dedicated to his community and served as the District 11
alderman of Waukesha for the past five years.
He will be sadly missed by his children, the Rev. Lori Patton of
Milwaukee, Rachel Patton of Milwaukee and Benjamin Patton of Waukesha;
his brother William U. (the late Janice) Patton of Storm Lake, Iowa; and
his niece, the Rev. Dr. Mary Patton Baker of Wheaton, Ill. He is further
survived by other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 11:00 a.m. until
the time of the 2:00 p.m. memorial service at First Presbyterian Church,
810 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Nicole Farley will
preside. Private interment will be held at Vernon Presbyterian Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to First Presbyterian
Church Waukesha Elevator Fund.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is
honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the
funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at
www.randledable.com for directions or to leave the family an online