WORCESTER-Reuben Henry Patton, 75, aka Roy & Rooster in his youth, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012 at St. Francis Home, after several years of declining health.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Rosel K. (Branton) Patton; two sons, Jonathan R. Patton of Seabring,. FL and Jesse R. Patton of Louisville, KY; two step-sons, Jeffrey Seeger and his wife, Barbara, of Pepperell and Wilbur F. Garabedian, III and his wife, Kerry, of Auburn; three brothers, Michael K. Patton and his wife, Eleanor, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Jonathan M. Patton of Greenfield and Max J. Patton and his wife, Donna, of Exeter, RI; a sister, Clarise E. Patton of Fairfield, CT; three grandchildren, Ryan M. and Sarah A. Garabedian and Bethany Grace Patton; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Kenneth L. Patton, in 1994 and his mother, Elizabeth M. (Pfeifer) Patton Lockwood, in 2002.
Reuben was born in Galesburg, IL,then lived in Madison, WI until he was ten. He was proud of his mid-western roots. He then lived in Newton and Maynard, before moving to Worcester in 1987. Reuben served in the US Army during the Korean War. Reuben worked as a quality control inspector/technician at Lincoln Labs, Norton Chemplast, David Clark Company, Noremac , ABB and other machine shops, before retiring in 2002 due to health issues. Reuben relished many musical venues at Mechanics Hall. He was a motor-head, enjoyed skiing, skydiving, mountain climbing and hiking. He was an avid reader and loved to read military history, religious discourse and gun, motorcycle, hot rod and sportscar magazines. Reuben enjoyed traveling with his wife to tropical destinations. He savored cooking and more recently dining out. His favorite way to spend an afternoon was to have a beer and a shot of Jack Daniels with his friends at Guertin’s Café and the Chester P. Tuttle American Legion Post in Auburn. He will be sadly missed by his loving cats, Hodge Podge, Biff, Maggie and especially by his faithful companion Nina.
Reuben’s family extends many thanks to Dr. Daniel Guilbert and Joan McHugh, NP and the staff at Reliant Medical in Auburn for the excellent care Reuben received.
A Memorial Service will be held, Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11 AM at the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. Following cremation a private burial will take place in Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, 01606 or Tower Hill Botanical Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston, 01505. Arrangements in the care of CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle St.