Kenneth Dayton Patton died on Monday, April 29, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born May 9, 1927 in Lovell, Wyoming, the son of Perry Malone and Beulah Lee (Guinn) Patton. He was inducted into the Army upon graduation from Lovell High School and served in Germany and France. Ken was assigned to Headquarters’ Command, Western Base Section in Paris.
Upon discharge in 1947 he was employed with the Bureau of Reclamation at Heart Mountain and Cody, Wyoming. He moved to Casper in 1950 to accept employment with the United States Geological Survey. In 1974 he transferred to Los Angeles and in 1976 was promoted to Area Petroleum Accountant. In 1977 he transferred to Casper as Assistant Petroleum Accountant. In 1981, he retired after 35 years of Federal service.
He married his beloved Norma Katherine Johansen on November 26, 1955 at the Chapel of Transfiguration in Moose, Wyoming. They celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary in 2018. They are parents of son, Craig, and daughter, Gail.
“Bumpa” loved his family and was affectionately known as the Baby Whisperer. He enjoyed gardening, working crosswords, and playing music with his friends in the Twang Gang. Ken was active in the Credit Union Movement in the 50‘s and 60’s, a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include his wife Norma; son Craig; daughter Gail Schenfisch (Joel); and grandchildren Robyn Bopp (Dave), Andrea Burger (Justin), Sarah Patton, Mark and Anna Schenfisch; as well as great-grandchildren, Adam and Jocelyn Bopp, and Adela Burger.
Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m.. A Military Honor Service will be held on Friday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Willard, Perry, and Raymond; sisters Gussie Massey, Mary Alice Rhoads, Helen Wilson, and Tiny Patton.
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