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Bird J. Patterson

Bird J. Patterson, age 100, of Kadoka, died Monday, July 5, 2004, at the Kadoka Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka, with John Kaiser officiating. Ushers will be Preston Patterson and Colter Carlson. Pallbearers will be Ed Seidler, Nicholas, Grant, Jeff, Scott, Dennis, Terry and Mike Patterson, Mark Carlson and Mark VanderMay.

Interment will be at the Kadoka Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of arrangements.

Bird J. Patterson was born July 1, 1904, the oldest of five children, on a farm in Rawlins County, 12 miles south of Atwood, KS, the son of Waitman T. and Celia (Gessllman) Patterson. He grew up on the farm and attended grade school at Traer, KS, and attended high school in Wionia, KS.

Bird was united in marriage to Nellie Marie Letellier on December 12, 1925, in Atwood, KS, and to this union were born three children: Gene, Jerry and Marilyn. They made their home in the Page City, KS, area where they farmed and sold farm machinery until 1939 when they moved to a farm south of Norris, SD.

In 1944, they moved into Kadoka where they owned and operated the Patterson Supply hardware store. After selling the hardware store in the early 1960s, they built an implement dealership on the northeast side of Kadoka, which they operated until 1979.

Bird was awarded for having sold over 100 Allis Chalmers Gleaner Combines during his years in business. He also purchased a propane business in Philip and kept his hand in the farming business throughout his life. Together, with his son Gene, he then started an implement dealership in Piedmont, SD, called Patterson Supply.

After the death of his wife of almost 70 years, on August 29, 1995, Bird continued to reside in Kadoka. In April 2004, Bird moved into the Kadoka Care Center, where he has since resided. Just three months ago, he had been driving daily to pick up his mail at the post office and to have coffee at least twice a day at Discount Fuel. He had also been attending farm auctions all over South Dakota and neighboring states until just a year ago.

Bird was associated with the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka.

Grateful for having shared his life are his two sons, Gene Patterson and his wife, Maxine, of Rapid City, and Jerry Patterson and his wife, Joan, of Kadoka; 18 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Birdie Caston of San Francisco, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Nellie Marie, Bird was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Root; a granddaughter, Margo Patterson; his parents; one brother, Woodrow "Bill" Patterson; and two sisters, Faye Hutchinsen and Dorothy Keiser.

A memorial has been established.