George W. Patterson, 86, of Rostraver Township, died Sunday, June 13, 2021. Born in Rostraver Township on October 30, 1934, he was the son of the late John W. and Melissa G. (Zundel) Patterson.
George was a graduate of Rostraver High School, where he was active in the Future Farmers of America and became a farmer. George was very dedicated to his farm, Rich Grove Farm. He was a hard working dairy farmer, an Icon in the farming community and was one of the last true farmers. He knew more about his machinery and was able to fix anything, and even helped other farmers with their machinery repairs. For many years he did custom combining for numerous farmers in the area and participated in horse shows for many years. He loved ice cream, and he and Lonnie made many, many visits to Dairy Queen!
George was a member of the National Farmers Organization, the PA Farmers Association and the Guernsey Farmers Association. On March 17, 1983 he was awarded "Farmer of the Year" at the Farmers' Night, commending him for his contributions to agriculture and his services to the community. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Linda C. "Lonnie" (DiVirgilio) Patterson; daughters, Megan (Scott) Guiler of Monessen and Rebekah Patterson (Dave Muscia) of Rostraver; sisters, Lenore Kennedy of Hiram, Ohio and Ruth Ann (Joe) Zippay of Charleroi; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Franklin Patterson; sister-in-law, Norma Patterson; and brother-in-law, Merle Kennedy.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township (724-929-7934) www.jamesstumpfuneralhome.com where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Ken Sommerfeldt officiating. George will be accorded Military Honors at the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to: Olive Branch Cemetery, 300 State Route 981, Rostraver Twp, PA 15012 or to the National FFA Foundation, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46278 www.ffa.org/donate
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National FFA Foundation
6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis IN 46278
Olive Branch Cemetery
300 State Route 981, Rostraver Twp PA 15012