Senior Master Sgt. Richard Allen Patterson "Sgt. Patt," 71, of Bryant passed away Dec. 25, with his family by his side. He had a very distinguished military career of 28 years in the Air Force and saw tours of duty in Thailand, Korea and England. It was in Norwich, England where he met his future wife Linda Crome. She was the love of his life, and her family welcomed the "Yank" into their home with open arms. Many a weekend in the 1970s was spent in the Tuckswood Pub in Norwich with brothers-in-law John, Tony, David and Bernard. It was not uncommon for Linda or one of her sisters to pull them all out at closing time, as they had conveniently lost track of time. After his military career in the Air Force ended in the mid-1980s, a new chapter of his life began with Linda in Kansas City, Mo. He worked for Raytheon for many years, enjoying his time around the military personnel stationed in the area. In 1998 his beloved wife Linda passed away. Soon after, he was diagnosed with emphysema. At that point, he decided to move to Bryant and spend the rest of his life with his son Michael and his family. He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Gareth and Gavin, and loved bragging on them to anyone that stopped by or called. His neighbors loved him dearly and would visit often; their kids called him "paw" or "Mr. Patt” and enjoyed raiding his candy jar.
Richard was preceded in death by his beloved English rose, Linda, as well as his parents, Joseph and Rita.
He leaves behind a loving son, Michael; daughter-in-law Nicola; grandchildren Gareth and Gavin; sister Melanie and her husband, Tim; sisters-in-law Cheryll, Sheila and Thelma and her husband Tony; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant 501-847-9099. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or Fischer House Foundation in the memory of "Sgt. Patt" would be appreciated.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com .