James Francis Patterson, Jr., ("Jimmy" to his Nebraska Family; "Pat" to his California Family & Friends), was born in Spaulding, Nebraska, May 22, 1920. Preceded in death by his parents, eight siblings, passed away, Wednesday, October 9, 2013, following a long term illness.Pat was a WWII Veteran having served in the US Army Air Corp, from 1940 - 1945. After his discharge he took up residence in California where he et and married his wife of 67 years, Doris. They moved to Downey in 1951. Pat worked at a brewer for over 36 years, until his retirement in 1980. He was a lifetime member of the Knute Rockne Council of the Knights of Columbus and a lifetime member of the Downey Rose Float Association. At the Rose Float, he was happily known as "Mr. Popcorn Man" serving the Downey community during the Concerts in the Park and many other Rose Float fund raisers for a number of years. He is survived by his wife Doris, his son Michael James Patterson, his daughter Susan, his son-in-law Jerry Phillips and his 3 grandchildren, Cambria, Wesley and Bryan. The Funeral Mass and internment will be in Lakewood, Colorado at the Christ On The Mountain, Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 11231 Rives Ave., Downey, CA 90241, Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, those interested in remembering Pat may make a small donation to either of his favorite community interests: The Knute Rockne Council of the Knights of Columbus or The Downey Rose Float Association.
********** Published: Oct. 17, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 27