Robert D. Patterson, 89
May 22, 1927
ó May 4, 2017

Robert Patterson, of Grafton, formerly of Pewaukee and South Milwaukee, passed away surrounded by his family on May 4, 2017. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bob was born on May 22, 1927, in Racine, son of Alexander Patterson and Edith Pawasarat Patterson. He grew up in Racine and Bay View, graduating from Bay View High School in 1945. After graduation, Bob served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines and Japan. After returning from the service, he worked for Consolidated Freightways while attending the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In December of 1951, he married Shirley Olive Orthmann; she preceded him in death in 2002. Bob married Sandra LeBoutillier in November of 2004.

Bob began his professional career as an elementary school teacher in the Oak Creek/Franklin School District. During his 35-plus years as an educator, his positions included vice principal, principal and director of curriculum. He was active in the Grant Park Menís Club and Oak Creek Kiwanis. Bob was an avid golfer, reader and an ace Scrabble player.

He was a former member of St. Lukeís United Church of Christ in South Milwaukee, Brookfield Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his children, Robert A. "Zeke" (Rosemarie), Cheryl (Sonya), Seth (Viviana), Ann (Paul) Anderson, Susan (Paul Ehlenbach), Mark and Kim (Sean Maroney). He is further survived by grandchildren Nickolaus Patterson, Martha and Hannah Ehlenbach, Ian and Luke Anderson, Zachary Patterson, Antuan, step-daughter Patricia (Tom) Mayer, other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton, WI 53024. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. in the church. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Horizon Hospice, Lakefield Adult Day Center Activities Fund in Grafton, or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Grafton.

The Eernisse Funeral Home of Cedarburg is honored to assist the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.