James Daniel "Dan" Patterson, 78, formerly of Juniata, died Sunday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home after an extended illness.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Russell and Irene (Burkett) Patterson. He married Carol L. Hutchison in 1958 in Altoona.
Surviving are a son, David and wife, Linda, of Altoona; a daughter, Carol Patterson Fedeli and husband, Ray, of Altoona; a grandson, Lucas Patterson; four step-grandchildren: Jennifer (Andre) Trainer, Jady (Erik) Schlass, Kristopher (Kristen) Fedeli and Tyler Fedeli; and three step-great-grandchildren: Jacob Wills, Layna Trainer and Jonas Schlass.
He is also survived by two brothers: Russell and wife, Sharon, of Dothan, Ala., and Donald and wife, Marcia, of Lexington, N.C.; nieces and nephews: Beth, Mark, Todd, John, Jill, Megan, Kyle and Scott; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray.
Dan was a 1953 graduate of Altoona High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and Reserve from 1957-61 aboard the USS Rushmore, where he was duly initiated into the Order of the Top of the World. He retired from his position as a service technician with TRW Inc. in 1990 after 30 years of service and later worked at Quality Chemical in Tyrone until 1995.
Dan was one of the first Big Brothers of Blair County and is also survived by his "little brother," Jim Shutt in Florida, who remained a lifelong friend. Dan was a member of the Hilltop Hunting Camp, Bavarian Aid Society, American Legion Post 835 and Juniata VFW, where he was a former member of the board of directors.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing, Penn State football and the Blue Band, and spending time with his family and friends.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Andre Trainer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blair County.