Paul Patton, 89, of Mitchell, died Friday, February 1, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery in rural Wessington Springs. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Friday at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service.
Paul Wesley Patton was born August 17, 1929 on the family farm in Hand County, Wessington, SD. He was the 8th child of 9 children born to John and Eunice (Anderson) Patton. He married Dorothy Reiners May 13, 1949. Paul joined the army in 1952 to 1954 and served as a mechanic while stationed in Germany.
Upon returning to the US, Paul and Dorothy settled in Wessington Springs, SD. In 1956 they moved to Seattle, WA where he opened Pat’s Flying A service station. In 1959 they returned to Wessington Springs, SD. After the passing of his brother Newell, he moved to Mitchell to operate Patton’s Used Cars & Parts. The tornado of 1962 destroyed both their home and business. They purchased a salvage yard on South Gamble, Southwest of Hitchcock Park and rebuilt their home on West 4th Ave where they resided until 1994. Due to Highway 37 Bypass, they relocated their home to rural Hanson Co. where they enjoyed the view overlooking the James River. He was a mechanic and jack of all trades. He spent many years as a skilled truck driver and loved to visit family while traveling. He spent time in 49 states, 9 Canadian Providences and Mexico. He received the Million Mile safety award for his dedication and safety during his driving career. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic and dedication to serving others. Paul taught his family the value of having fun together, whether it was a fishing trip to Canada, deer hunting in the Black Hills, or water skiing on Lake Mitchell. He made sure his family could be involved.
Paul managed Pat’s Chaplin Service Station with his sons, located at 9th & Main from 1971-1983.
He passed away at his daughter Barb’s home in Mitchell while under hospice care.
He was dedicated to helping everyone in need, especially his family. He attended the Wesleyan Church for 60 years. Paul was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
He is survived by his children, Wes (Tammy) Patton, Grand Prairie, TX, Deb (Greg) Buche, Greg (Janine) Patton, Paul B. (Dawn) Patton, and Barb (Brian) Stork all of Mitchell, SD; twenty-four grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Patton Kenmore, WA; brother-in-law, Arlo Tiede, McPherson, KS; sister-in-law, Eloise Patton, Hemit, CA; brother-in-law, Marvin (Betty) Reiners, Blackhawk, SD; sister-in-law, Darlene Pfingsten, Rapid City, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on November 19, 2017; infant daughter, Paula; parents; two grandsons, Travis Stork and Zachary Buche; and many siblings, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.