February 21, 2015
Gary R. Patterson, age 74, resident of Willard, Ohio went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland, Ohio. He was born on April 27, 1940 in Willard to the late James and Wanda (Steele) Patterson. He was a graduate of Huron High School and enlisted in the US Navy serving four years active and two years in the reserves from 1959 to 1966. Gary then attended City College in San Francisco and graduated from Denver University earning a degree in business management. He returned back to Ohio and worked at the Sandusky Ford Plant for two years and then two years at GM in Ontario in management. Gary followed his passion and became a free-lance photographer for the remainder of his professional career. He traveled the world and was once commissioned to photograph every lighthouse in the United States.
He was very fond of cats and shared his apartment with “Stash” and “Bibb.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, Marsha from California; and his other beloved cats, “Swat,” “One Eye” and “MaMa Cat.”
Gary’s final requests were to be cremated and no services observed. Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio assisted with arrangements. www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Gary was a great friend. I am very sad to hear he is gone. He is with Marsha now. Rest in peace my good friend!
Gary was a friend of my Dad’s, and they had worked together occasionally as photographers. Gary was a talented photographer. In fact, he took one of the best pictures of my Dad, while they were both practicing working with black & white film. I will remember Gary by the pictures he took. May God always bless Gary.
I send prayers of gratfulness for having known Gary. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
So sorry to see this. We were just talking about him last week saying that we had not heard from him in awhile. He would stop by now & then for a visit. Was a very private man and we felt honored to be considered friends. Will miss seeing him.
A very nice man. I got to know Gary through Thurl Stover. Now they can take pictures together.