Robert Patten, 70, fought throat cancer for over seven years but lost the battle on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
He worked his way up at the city of Independence Water Pollution Control for 38 years until becoming the Assistant Director, with a masters degree in microbiology. His coworkers have stated repeatedly how sorely he will be missed. He had a love for golf, fish, and a soft spot for plants not native to Kansas. He, like his mother before him, decided to give cancer the metaphorical middle finger, and took the phrase “six months to live” as mere suggestion.
He is survived by his wife Patti, and daughter Alison, sister Kay and brother-in-law Loren, who wish to thank KU med staff for his care. There will be a casual celebration of his life on Sunday, October 21 at RC’s chicken in Martin City from 2:00-5:00pm. The fish and plants will be unable to attend but send their warmest regards.