Larry Gene Paterson, age 76, of Panora, passed away Sunday, September 9, at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. Larry had been a fighter his entire life having beat cancer three times and surviving numerous health issues.
Larry was born January 7, 1936, in Perry to John William (Bill) and Jenny Rose Mendon. He grew up on the family farm in Woodward, on "Paterson's Corner." He graduated from Woodward in 1954.
Larry married the love of his life, Loretta Grove, in 1956 and to this union two sons were born.
Larry served in the Navy on the USS New Jersey and the Douglas H Fox. He fulfilled his life passion by farming and owning his own trucking business. He enjoyed camping, NASCAR, spending time with his family, fishing, and especially time spent with his grandchildren. He was a very social person who enjoyed having a beer with friends and family, and enjoyed visiting the Casino...even when he didn't win. You would never find Larry without a smile on his face, and even in his last days, you never heard him complain; he always had a positive outlook on life.
He loved his family dearly and cherished all the special family times. He taught his family, by example, the importance of being a loving spouse, working hard, helping others and being a good neighbor and friend.
His family left to remember him is his devoted wife of almost 56 years, Loretta, children, Ronald (Buzz) and his wife Jean of Storm Lake, Robert (Bob) and his wife Becky of Guthrie Center, grandchildren Maria, Ryne and wife Jess, Rylee, Jordan, and Bryce; brother, George and wife Ida Belle Paterson of Iowa City, and nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Don League and Mary Grove, and grandparents-in-law Clarence and Mary L. Grove.
Condolences may be sent to his family at 206 SE 8th St., Panora, Iowa 50216
A Celebration of Life gathering for friends and family will be held September 22, at 1 p.m. at the Woodward Legion Hall in Woodward. Larry was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all.