DELAWARE — Harold W. “Jerry” Patrick, 89, of Delaware and formerly Sparta, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Morrow County to the late Carl A. and Edna (Throckmorton) Patrick. A graduate of Sparta High School in 1938, he attended The Ohio State University and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a first lieutenant and navigator on a B-17 aircraft. He was awarded the Purple Heart and many other decorations and citations during World War II.
He loved his farm and was an excellent farmer under the tutelage of his older brother, Edward Patrick. He was also a rural mail carrier in Centerburg, retiring in 1982 after 26 years of service as a U.S. Postal worker.
Jerry was rarely without his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth (Boyd); she died on Jan. 4, 2009. They lived and worked on the farm outside Sparta together, enjoyed wintering and spending time with his many friends at the Chulavista Park in Ruskin, Fla., and summers with friends at Willow Brook in Delaware. He was a member of Bellpoint United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed farming, golfing, and playing cards. He treasured time spent with all four of his girls; his wife, daughters, and granddaughter, and especially living to see his great-grandson play sports. Very private in nature, courageous and humble, he will be remembered for his gentle ways.
He is survived by daughters, Barbara (LeRoy) Bandy of Orono, Maine, and Patricia (Michael) Shea of Marco Island, Fla.; granddaughter, Beth (Rick Page) Bandy; great-grandson, Wyatt Bandy-Page; the Shea children, Christopher, Kimberly and Melissa; sister-in-law, Juanita Boyd; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceded in death by brothers, Howard, Edward; and sister, Maude Barre.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta with military honors and Pastor Paul McCullough officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.
Jerry felt blessed to see and hear from so many loving friends and family during the recent funerals of his wife and sister-in-law, Kathryn Patrick. It was then that he asked his daughters to have simple service. In lieu of flowers, contributions or attendance, he requested that people spend the precious gift of time with their own families and loved ones.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.