Obit: Patterson, Keith A. (1928- 2011)


Surnames: Acker, Apple, Haizel, Higgins, Kind, Lang, Patterson, Paulson, Stefancin, Stocker, Werth, Wicker, Willger

----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co., Wisconsin) Thursday, January 13, 2011, online edition

Patterson, Keith "Beaner" A. (October 4, 1928 - January 8, 2011)

Keith "Beaner" A. Patterson, 82, Medford, died Saturday, Jan. 8 at Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center in Medford, where he had resided the past year.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating, and military rites performed by the Medford Military Honors Team. Inurnment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford on May 1, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters. Active pallbearers are his grandsons.

Keith Patterson was born on October 4, 1928 in Medford to the late Archie and Bernice (Wicker) Patterson. He attended Medford area elementary schools and was a 1948 graduate of Medford High School. He boxed at the Golden Gloves Armory in Marshfield, and in 1945 won the Golden Gloves title. After his education, he played semi-pro football for the Wausau Muskies football team from 1948 to 1949. He entered the United States Air Force and served from 1950 to 1954, playing football for the Air Force team.

On February 2, 1952 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, he married Mary Jane Apple, who preceded him in death on December 21, 1997.

After the military, he drove truck for Curtis Candy Co. in Medford, then for 30 years drove truck for Neuendorf Transport in Medford until retirement. During retirement he did painting and roofing work throughout the Medford area. In 2003 he was inducted into the Medford High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Klossner-Dietzler VFW of Medford where he served on the Medford Military Honors Team; past member of Medford American Legion Club; Knights of Columbus; Tee-Hi Golf Club; Medford Curling Club; and a charter member of the Whippoorwill Lodge of Richter Lake. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, and every sport, especially football, basketball, hockey and boxing.

Survivors include six daughters, Ann (Greg) Werth and Beth (Larry) Kind, both of Wausau, Terry Acker of Chandler, Ariz., Sara (Roger) Haizel of Medford, and twins, Joan Patterson of Georgetown, Colo. and Jane (Steve) Paulson of Medford; two sons, Mark of Wausau and Tom (Melissa) of Roanoke, Va.; a sister, Patricia Stocker of Lafayette, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Patterson and Veronica Patterson, both of Medford; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Lawrence, Gordon, Don, Victor, James and John "Jack"; two sisters, Grace Lang and Eileen Higgins; and a half brother Melvin Patterson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the family for future designation.

Online condolences may be made at

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford assisted the family with arrangements.



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