Jerry was born October 6, 1959 in Independence Mo to Carol and Phillip Patton. As Jerry was growing up he spent many days hunting, fishing, and camping in the woods with his Grandpa Reeves, as well as spending quality time with his Grandma Reeves and Grandma Coats. He served 12 years with the Army National Guard.
He moved to Springfield Mo and went to work for the circus, traveling extensively doing lighting for them as well as taking care of the different animals and driving their semi's from town to town. He also spent alot of time in Osceola with Grandpa Reeves and his extended family there.
Then Jerry moved to Florida where he had a large extended family and an adopted a puppy he named Bob, who became his faithful companion for the rest of his life.
While Jerry was in Florida he broke his ankle and couldn't work. He and Bob moved to the Florida Swamp homeless camp and he used the knowledge gained from his Grampa Reeves to survive there for 6 months until he healed enough to go back to his friends and his work.
Jerry brought Bob back to Sugar Creek, and lived here with his mom while working as a busboy and dishwasher at Kross's lounge.
After 3 years he and Bob went back to Florida.
He had a stroke on April 1, 2012, which left him paralyzed on his right side and he lost the ability to talk. That in itself broke a lot of his spirit, but he continued to try to make the best of a bad situation. Jerry was brought back to Kansas City and was in a nursing home until Aunt Bea packed him up and took him down to Thayer, Mo., to an awesome nursing home that was more like the family Jerry needed at the time. He was adopted there by a little lady named Nora who would sneak down the hall at night and bring him all kinds of snacks.
In November of 2014 Jerry came back to live with Aunt Bea at Grandma Reeves home, with Bob in tow. He unfortunately fell and broke his hip. He came home where Crossroads Hospice helped until he passed away on January 1, 2015.
He leaves his son, Jerry Wayne Patton Jr., of Mena, Arkansas, and a daughter, Jamie Patton, Independence, and 5 grandchildren. He also leaves a half-sister Kimberly Goldsmith of Independence and half-brother Perry Steele Patton of California; his mother Carol Coats Patton, his uncles, Fred and Regina (Bitsy) Coats, Bob and Terri Coats, and Kelly (Butch) and Coleen Coats. He also leaves his Aunt Bea Bentley and her family, his extended family in Florida, his friends Crystal and Craig Monks and family of Independence, as well as a host of friends and family he made throughout his lifetime.
Jerry will be missed by all and especially his faithful dog Bob.
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