George E. Patterson
West Point, 1989
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by John Strange on January 4, 2021:
OBITUARY OF GEORGE EDWARD PATTERSON
George Edward Patterson, age 55, suddenly and unexpectedly passed from this life to the next on Monday, December 21, 2020.
George was born November 9, 1965 in Chambersburg, PA to Sue Ann (Moyer/ Patterson) Day and Frank Edward Patterson.
George is a 1983 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School. He obtained a BS in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1989 and a Doctorate in Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in 1993. Prior to entering USMA, George served as a PFC in the United States Army working as a Chemical Laboratory Specialist. Upon graduation from USUHS George remained on active duty as a Family Medicine Physician serving in various medical/leadership roles for 21 years and retired with the rank of Colonel in 2014.
During his Army career George was awarded the following medals and honors: Army Service Ribbon (2 times), Marksman Qualification Badge with Hand Grenade, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar (M-16), Meritorious Service Medal (6 times), Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Parachutist Badge.
Upon retirement from active-duty George continued to serve until his death as a Physician in government service at the Mark Connelly Clinic at Fort Gordon, GA. George maintained membership with the United Methodist Church throughout his numerous duty assignments with his most recent membership being at St. John's United Methodist Church in Aiken, SC.
George's passions and pastimes included: singing; hunting; playing soccer, golf (3 hole in ones); and card games (mostly poker); and he was an avid football fan of West Point, Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers. His greatest passion was collecting friends and serving people, and he did this everywhere he went. George also maintained membership at the Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation, Aiken, SC.
George was preceded in death by his father; his brother, Daniel; and his mother.
He is survived by his loving wife, Anita (Swanger) Patterson; his sons, G. Aaron (Rachel) of Highland Falls, NY and Seth Edward (Jasmine) of Dallas, GA; four grandchildren, Connor David, Alaric Edward, Grayson Leo, and Quinn Avery: and his sister, Crystal (Patterson) Mitchell of Mechanicsburg, PA.
Services will take place at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY on a future date that is yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation (https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate), or Can Hope of South Carolina (https://canhope.life).
The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave. SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803-649-6234) has charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting www.georgefuneralhomes.com.
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