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Robert Patten

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Dudley Jones on October 20, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Worked with Rob for 35 years. Went to lunch daily with him and Ron Wallace , Richard Howard. Till we lost them. Mr Patten you will be missed. We will toast you with a scotch.. so long my friend!!!

  2. Diane Egger on October 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I worked with Rob at WPC in the 1990’s and he will always be one of my favorite bosses. I remember his kind spirit and empathy the most. My sincerest condolences, to you all, for the loss of a great man.

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