William E Patterson

William E Patterson, 92, of Lititz, PA, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hametown, PA, Bill was the son of the late Paul and Kathryn Patterson. Bill is survived by his wife of 73 years, N. Jean Patterson, Lititz, PA.

Bill graduated from New Freedom High School in 1946.  He began his sales and marketing career at the Charles G. Summers, Jr. Cannery, New Freedom, PA.  He also held several management positions at Victor F. Weaver, Inc., Weaver Quality Eggs both of New Holland, PA, Ise America of Lakewood, N.J., and Wenger Feed Group, Rheems, PA.  After Bill retired from his management career, he worked part-time at the Manheim Auto Auction for 22 years.  He frequently told family and friends that working at the auction was his favorite job.

Bill was a people person and enjoyed spending time with family and friends often meeting them for breakfast at local restaurants.  He was an avid Lancaster Barnstormers fan and held season tickets for many years.  He also participated in many activities such as singing in the church choir, participating in the Senior Games and volunteered in many capacities at Luther Acres.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, David (Beth), and Randy (Phyllis).  A daughter, Vicki Jean Myers (Eugene), preceded him in death in 2010. Bill was the proud grandfather of Peggy Huckabaa (Michael), Andrew Patterson, Matthew Myers (Lisa), Nathan Patterson (Jessica), and Ryan Patterson (Stephanie).  Bill’s greatest blessing was his great-grandchildren Isabella and Macon Huckabaa, Anna Patterson, Tara Myers, Thatcher and Coltrane Patterson and Lily Patterson.  Step great-grandchildren include Joshua Oates, Emily Thonfelt, and Remington Snavely.  He is also survived by his sister, Lois Summers of Lancaster, PA. His sister Ruth, preceded him in death on February 4, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 10:00AM.  Located at 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601.  Due to COVID precautions face masks are required in the church.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 2:00PM in the Community Room at Luther Acres.  Face masks required. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Luthercare Benevolent Fund, Luther Acres, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543 or the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Music Fund, 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601.

Cremation Services of Lancaster  717-273-6283

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  • Please accept my sincere condolences for your recent loss.
    Bill and I worked side by side for many years at the Manheim Auction, and it didn’t take long to realize what a fine person he was . I sincerely enjoyed not only working with him, but also meeting for breakfast each month with him and a few of our other friends from the auction.
    I consider it a privilege to have known him,,…..he will surely be missed!

  • We loved Bill and will miss him. Bill was a genuinely nice man with a big heart. Lots of good memories especially at the hunting camp. May God’s love give you comfort during this most difficult time.

  • Jean, Randy, and family,
    We will miss seeing Bill’s smiling face at church. He had kind words for everyone, and always asked how everyone else was doing. Bill’s usual spot in church will be conspicuously empty. Godspeed, Bill.

  • I remember my Forest Hills and Zion Lutheran Church neighbor with great fondness. What a wonderful, friendly person! He was an important part of my young life.

  • Jean I am so sorry to hear that Bill has passed away. He was such a wonderful man. I am praying that you and your family find some peace during this very difficult time.

  • Though many people “shine” at Good Shepherd, few had shown as brightly as Bill and Jean Patterson. I’m sorry to say that with Bill’s passing Sunday mornings won’t be quite as bright. My sincere condolences to Jean and the entire Patterson family.

  • Dave and family, sorry for your loss but Heaven is getting a great drummer. I was in the Southern York County Band when your grandpa, your dad and you all played. There were a lot of great memories from then that I still cherish. I am still playing with the Brodbecks Band. God Bless you all and cherish the memories.

  • Bill’s personality made him an instant friend and I enjoyed his company at church, Senior Shepherds and men’s breakfast. He will be missed.

  • Bill’s personality made him an instant and I enjoyed his company at church, Senior Shepherds and men’s breakfast. He will be missed.

  • When I get back to church (after Covid-19 limitations) I will miss seeing him and his smiling face and greetings after the service. He was a wonderful father figure for me as I attended youth group many years ago.
    Peace be with you.
    In sympathy,

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