WAR VETERAN DIES SUDDENLY
Charles Homer Patterson, 53, well known World War I veteran and topstaff of the Greene County courts, died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1945, at his home, 52 West Elm street. Mr Patterson had suffered from a heart ailment, but was in his usual health until stricken and had been up street only a few hours before his death.
Mr. Patterson served with Company K, 110th Infantry in France during World War I, and was taken prisoner by the Germans on July 29, 1918, during the bloody fighting which marked the beginning of the Allied counteroffensive that ended with the armistice a little more than three months later. He was held a prisoner of war by the Germans until the end of the war when he was returned to his unit before the regiment returned to the United States to be mustered out. He was gassed during the fighting July 29 when elements of his unit were cut off and killed or captured by the Germans. Mr. Patterson was one of the most active members of James Farrell Post No. 330, American Legion, and was steward of the American Legion home on South Morris street at the time of his death. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge of Waynesburg and for the past ten years had been a tipstaff in the Greene County courts.
A son of the late William Franklin and Louisa Whitlatch Patterson, he was born August 31, 1890, in Perry Township, but had spent most of his life in Waynesburg, having lived here for the past forty years. When automobiles first made their appearance in Waynesburg he became interested in automotive mechanics and for several years conducted an automobile repair shop here.
He was twice married. His first wife was Kathryn Buchanan, and by this union two daughters survive, namely: Mrs. Gay Conaway and Mrs. Woodrow Ely, both of Waynesburg. For his second wife he married Florence Lahew, who survives with the following children: Mrs. ALbert Mankey, Waynesburg; Mrs. Charles Cochran, San Francisco, Calif.; Charles, Jr., with the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific; William Franklin, Richard Eugene and Norma Jane, at home. Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters, namely: Ross Patterson, Washington D.C.; Enlow Patterson, Butler; Arthur, Harvey and Don PattersonWaynesburg, and Misses Ada and Aliff Patterson, Waynesburg.
The funeral will be with full military honors in charge of James Farrell Post, American Legion, but arrangements will not be completed until today. A gun cassion will be used as the funeral carriage and members of the Legion post will attend in a group.
PATTERSON - Friends of Charles H. Patterson, well known World War I veteran who died suddenly Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1945, will be received at any time at his late residence, 52 West Elm street. Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night, but the services will be in charge of the American Legion with full military honors. Samuel P. Weaver is the funeral director.
Democrat Messenger, December 17, 1945 (Greene County, PA)
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