Burton Curtis Patchin — Rochester

Burton Curtis Patchin, 85, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

Bert was born June 13, 1929, in Rock Dell, to Lester and Pearl (Boysen) Patchin. Bert was a lifelong resident of Rochester. He attended Rochester Public Schools and then proudly served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal and two Bronze Service Stars. Bert was a freight hauler for Admiral Merchants Freight Company for 24 years and then was a warehouse worker and truck driver for the former Reynolds Wholesale Company for 13 years. He was also a bus driver for Rochester Public Schools and most recently a crossing guard with the schools.

Bert was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester VFW, Stewartville American Legion, Rochester Eagles and the Star Singles Square Dance Club. Bert was also a member of the Whitewater Whirlers in Dover and the Silver Treads Square Dancing Club at the Rochester Senior Center. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, traveling and enjoying time out with family and friends.

Bert is survived by his children, Karen (Bill) Wilson of Mexico, Mo., Marilyn (Roland) Kaehler of Dover, Betty (David) Karsten of Stewartville and Darlene (Gary) Huss of Faribault; seven grandchildren, Sheri (Paul) Zumsteg, Sara (Brian) Neal, Becky (Jason) Eckerle, Tonia (Mike) Stevens, Travis (Abbie) Kaehler, Jeremy (Chandra) Karsten and Jessica Karsten; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol (Frank) Yeadon of Stewartville and Jean (Lyle) Bemmert of Rochester; and special friend, Carol Steffenson of Rochester.

Bert was preceded in death by four sisters, Ardella Bamlet, Bernice Cogswell, Genevieve Rother and Lucille Barrone; one brother, Jim Patchin, and his parents, Lester and Pearl.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 810 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester.

Visitation will be held today, Dec. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, and one hour prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Anjanette Bandel will be officiating with interment at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

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Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600.