Arlyn C. Patterson, 88, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

Arlyn C. Patterson, 88, of Shawnee, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

He was born five miles north of Konawa at his grandfather's home on Oct. 14, 1929, to Squire Jackson and Mae Belle (Wolfe) Patterson.

Arlyn was raised in Konawa until his family moved to Tecumseh, where he attended Tecumseh Public Schools.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from March 28, 1951, until he was honorably discharged on Dec. 29, 1952.

After service to his country, he moved to Southern California, where he went to work in Commercial Construction. He built many schools, banks and hospitals during his career until his retirement in 1979. After his retirement, he moved back to Oklahoma and settled in the Bethel Acres area to be close to his parents where he has since lived.

He worked at the Tecumseh Water Plant and as a bus mechanic for Shawnee Public Schools until he retired for the second time. After his second retirement, he enjoyed working with hands and built his own log home. He was a proud member of The Citizen Potawatomi Tribe. He loved to go hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Deloris Lamirand, Betty Moon, Violet Moore, Patricia Foughty and Diana Patterson.

Survivors include his daughter, Diane Jones of Checotah; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Lorie Patterson of Konawa; four grandchildren, Charles Justin Bowles, Terry Keith Bowles, Christy Denise Wilson and Chelsey Danae McGee; six great-grandchildren, Kade, Kinley, Kyndell, Cassidy, Alli and Denver; sister, Martha Clement; and other extended family and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, and from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 16, at Cooper Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m., Friday, March 16, at Tecumseh Cemetery with Reverend Mike Craig, Temple Baptist Church in Shawnee, officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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