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Richard “Dick” Patterson

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2013

PATTERSON—Richard “Dick” Patterson, 89, of Florence, passed away March 9, 2013.

Dick was born Oct. 1, 1923, to Clara (Montague) and Ralph Roy Patterson.

Dick’s father died in a tragic accident when he was only four, and his mother did a wonderful job raising both boys alone through difficult circumstances and economic times.

Dick joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. He was discharged in 1948, and soon met and married Arline McInnis.

Dick wanted to have his own business, and with the support and hard work of his wife, he started Patterson’s Variety and Toys in Palo Alto, Calif. He and Arline became well-known and loved in that community for their personal service and family-run business.

Adults who came into the store as children still remember and talk about Patterson’s, which closed in 1983.

Dick only had a few years in retirement with his wife Arline before she died in 1989.

In 1994, he moved to the Oregon coast, where he and Arline had considered moving for their retirement together. He fell in love with Florence and made it his home for 19 years.

Dick volunteered over the years at the Florence Area Humane Society. He also helped children learn to read at school and served seniors in need of transportation and companionship. He also loved his dogs, taking them to the beach, on hikes and on trips in his motor home.

Donations in Dick’s memory can be made to the Florence Area Humane Society.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Patterson; his grandchildren: Colin and Chloe Patterson; and his brother, Monte Patterson.

There will be a memorial service Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 2 p.m., at Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw.

Burn’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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