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The Rev. Robert Turrell Pattie

Born: Sun., Oct. 19, 1930
Died: Sun., May 3, 2020

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   The Reverend Robert Turrell Pattie, father of 4, youngest child of 5, husband, grandfather, accomplished whistler and bird caller, frustrated golfer, table napkin doodler, amateur landscaper, never ending basement finisher, almost pro deck builder, piano player by ear, and the all-encompassing sports enthusiast, passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday morning, May 3, 2020.

   Robert, or Bob, or Bobby if you are a close family member, loved life and loved people. Those that knew him often described him as supportive and encouraging, gentle and wise, and always the calm presence in a storm. Those that knew Bob will never forget him and his “never met a stranger” attitude towards life. 

  He was born on October 19, 1930 in Williamsburg, Kansas in the home where he grew up. He was the youngest of 5 children born to Luke Turrell and Grace Permilia (Harlan) Pattie. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Washburn University with a football scholarship and majored in graphic art. After college Bob decided to join the Air Force until 1957 when he changed his profession and entered the Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He graduated in May 1960 and continued studying a 2-year residency in chaplaincy and clinical pastoral education in Houston, Texas. Bob was a highly respected chaplain for many years in different venues following his training in Houston working in Detroit, Michigan, Hays, Kansas, Newton, Kansas, and Topeka, Kansas. Bob eventually retired from chaplaincy work and retired in Lawrence, Kansas.

  While in college at Washburn, Bob’s attention turned to (in his own words) “a Doris Day look-alike with pretty blonde hair and a beautiful smile.” Carlene Cheryll Howell and Bob were married on August 12, 1951 in the First Congregational Church of Topeka, Kansas. Carlene preceded Bob in death on February 4, 2005.

  Bob is survived by 4 children who will miss him dearly. Julie Ann Mead and her husband Lynn, Janelle Ione Hood and her husband Steve, Joshua Turrell Pattie, and Joel Carlston Pattie. He enjoyed spending time with his 4 grandchildren, Nicole Mead Ploger, Dustin Mead, Elizabeth Pattie, and Aidan Hood. Bob was also blessed with 2 great grandchildren, Jaxon Ploger and Jemma Ploger. 

  Bob is also survived by his partner Dory Rogers of Indianapolis, Indiana, one sister Joan Carey of Lawrence, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.



  A graveside service will be held in Williamsburg, Kansas at a date to be determined later. A celebration of life service will be held this summer in Lawrence, Kansas.

  Memorials in Bob Pattie’s honor may be given to Williamsburg Cemetery Fund   Mt. Hope P.O. Box 17 Williamsburg, Kansas 66095 or Alzheimer’s Association. All are encouraged to leave a condolence or to sign The Rev. Pattie’s guestbook. Fisher Family Funeral Services is honored to serve the Pattie Family.

Charitable donations may be made in The Rev. Robert's memory to the following organizations:

Alzheimer's Association
311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617 868 6718

Mt. Hope Cemetery
P.O. Box 17 Williamsburg, Kansas 66095

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David and Linda cross
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed visiting with your father when he was in Hays. He was a good Chaplain and a good man. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Linda and David Cross

Tonia Houghton
   Posted Thu May 07, 2020
Janelle, Josh, Julie, and Joel,
Words cannot express what a difficult time you all are going through right now. It's so difficult to lose your parent, let alone your last. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I always felt comfort in your parents home. Hugs for you all. With all my love - Tonia ;(

Julie Blythe Peterson
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
Hello to the family of Bob Pattie. I want to express our condolences on your dad's passing. I am writing on behalf of the Blythe family (John and Donna Beth Blythe and their five children.) Your dad (and brother, grandfather, uncle) was always so kind to our parents and was a good friend. He was one of the first people to show up and just sit with us after our mom died in 2005. Bob also was always helpful to our dad, John Blythe, by offering him rides to and from church and other events, as our own dad's memory slipped away. We will always remember Bob's friendship and kindness to both of our parents. Our thoughts are with you at this sorrowful time, and we are holding you all in the light.
-Julie Blythe Peterson on behalf of John Blythe - our dad, and my siblings, Carol Blythe, Chris Blythe, David Blythe and Gretchen Blythe

Tom & Debra Hinshaw
   Posted Fri May 08, 2020
We enjoyed being part of Bob’s Sunday School class for a few years. He was very kind to all and shared the lessons with thoughtfulness and great interest. Also with a good sense of humor. Condolences and love to his family, especially Dory who was there too.

Danny and Dawn Trent
   Posted Sun May 17, 2020
We knew Bob from his time as a member of First Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS. He always had a warm smile and a friendly and calm demeanor. We appreciated him. We also think of Dorie, another FBC friend.

Eric Lindbloom
   Posted Tue June 02, 2020
Bob Pattie saved my emotional life and set me towards more successes than I could have dreamed alone. He, Carlene, Julie, Janelle, Josh and Joel embraced me as a family.

Eric Lindbloom, Perth, Western Australia

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