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Philip K. Patton

Philip Patton, age 76, of Orange City, Ia., passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at the Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City with the Rev. Keith Krebs officiating.

Interment was at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City.

Philip Kenneth was born on February 28, 1934, in Ottumwa, S.D., the son of Patrick Henry and Mabel (Grotto) Patton.

He attended a country school through the third grade and then transferred to the Haakon School District in Philip, where he graduated from high school. He worked on ranches around Philip for a year and then moved to Milwaukee, Wisc., where he worked for Briggs and Stratton Manufacturing for a year.

In 1954, Phil was drafted into the United States Army, serving for three years, primarily in England. After being discharged, he enrolled in college.

On June 1, 1958, he married the love of his life, Martha Jane Hutt, in Estelline, S.D. "Marty" passed away on June 11, 2000, in Orange City.

Phil attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. He then taught secondary school in Arvada, Wyo., and Creighton, Neb. In 1962, the family moved to Orange City, where Phil began a 40-year career teaching at Northwestern College. He also did additional graduate work at the University of Iowa and at Wayne State College in Nebraska.

In addition to teaching at Northwestern, he was the advisor for the Business Club (Phi Beta Lambda) for 40 years and co-advisor for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club for his last two years there. He also served as Academic Dean for two years.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church, where he held the offices of deacon and elder. He also taught Sunday School classes and was a youth group leader. He belonged to the Orange City Lions Club, where he served as president, and he was a long-time member of the Low Rent Housing Authority for Orange City. Professional organizations of which he was a member include the Iowa Business Education Association, the Midwest Marketing Association, the Midwest Accounting Association, and the Midwest Business Administration Association.

Mr. Patton was also very involved in public education, serving twelve years on the Maurice - Orange City School board of education, 12 years on the Area Education Agency IV board of directors, and six years on the state board of the Iowa School Boards.

He was an ardent sports fan, especially football. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and having coffee with friends.

Survivors include his daughter and her husband, Lynn and John Schneider, of Holyoke, Colo.; son, Gregory Patton, and his fiancée, Denise, Sioux Falls, S.D.; three grandchildren, Christopher Patton, Gentina Patton and Rachel Schneider; two step-grandchildren, Christie, and her husband, Eric Stein, and Chad Schneider; two step-great-grandchildren, Lucas and Isaac Stein; two sisters, Thelma Heltzel, Philip, and Patty Fonseca, Gering, Neb.; a brother and his wife, William and Lois Patton, of Missoula, Mont.; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Stoeser and Kathy Pfeifle; and two brothers, John and Robert Patton.

Memorials may be directed to the Philip Patton Scholarship Fund at Northwestern College.

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