A Man for the Decades
Robert Edward Patterson Born December 18, 1951, in Giessen Germany. Robert whose birth name was Henry Bernd Zerwas, was loved from the start, and was adopted to expand the family of his beloved mother Edna Patterson and the man for whom he was named, her husband, Robert B. Patterson. Robert grew up a child of the military but spent most of his childhood in the Junction City, Kansas area. Known for his charisma and athletic ability, both were on full display at Junction City High school where he graduated.
After graduation Robert took his strengths to the collegiate arena where he attended Wichita State University prior to joining the Army. He took all he learned through these experiences and shifted them into a career in Finance working for the State of Kansas where he left a lasting impact.
Robert’s family was always his passion. His love for his sister Jackie and brother Darryl, along with his enduring commitment to his mother Edna all who proceeded him in death was evidence of his immense devotion. He adored his younger sisters Christal and Abia, they gave him an opportunity to be the protector and advocate he wanted to be for all he called family. A proud father and uncle, Robert was always eager to share a story with and about his “kids” with anyone he encountered.
In addition to his love for family Robert loved sports, the Raiders especially. He also loved to cheer on his family in any of their athletic endeavors from soccer to basketball to football. To know Robert was to love him, his stories and jokes, his joy was contagious. He constantly kept everyone around him entertained.
Robert was preceded in death by his mother Edna Patterson, father Robert B. Patterson, brother and best friend, Daryl Jackson and cherished sister Jackie Patterson. He is survived by two loving sisters, Christal Padilla, and Abia McFarland (Bobby).
Robert leaves to mourn his passing his five children, Rahsaan Shears (Jamal), Robert-John Patterson, Edward Patterson (Sam), Kathleen Wilson, and Taylor Wilson (Devonta), along with seven grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A celebration of life will be hosted Saturday December 16, 2023 from 2-6pm @ Fraternal Order of The Eagles Aerie 830. Located at 230 E. 10th St. Junction City Kansas. In leu of flowers please consider a donation to the CDLS Foundation in honor of Roberts granddaughter Naya, or to the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 830.
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