Bernard Joseph “Pat” Patzer (1925-2017)

Bernard Joseph “Pat” Patzer
August 28, 1925 – August 7, 2017

Bernard Joseph “Pat” Patzer, age 91, of O’Fallon, Ill., born August 28, 1925 in Hastings, Neb., died August 7, 2017 at The Colonnade in O’Fallon, Ill.

Pat grew up in Hastings, Neb., and graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Marines Corps soon after high school, and served honorably in World War II until his discharge on February 12, 1946. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received as a result of enemy action in Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. He worked for Curtiss Candy Co., for 14 years, and then for Solo Cup Corporation for the next 25 years, retiring in 1987. He travelled often with his job, moved frequently, and eventually settled in O’Fallon in 1959.  He enjoyed baseball and golf and was an avid hunter. He attended St. Nicholas Catholic Church in O’Fallon. Pat dearly loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Beatrice, nee Robare, Patzer; and his brothers Orris and William.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Charlotte, nee Petersen, Patzer, whom he married September 2, 1947; children Barbara (Jake) Germany of O’Fallon, Debra Carroll, of O’Fallon, and Jerry (Misty) Patzer of Snohomish, Wash., seven granddaughters Diane and Donna Germany, Rachel (Will) Richter, Shannon, Jill, and Lindsey Carroll, and Ayiana Patzer, four great-grandchildren Makayla Mays, Alexa Richter, Madisyn Carroll, and James McWilliams, and his brother Raymond (Joyce) Patzer of Cottonwood, Ariz.

Memorial donations are suggested to Disabled American Veterans. The guest book may be signed at

Visitation was held Friday, August 11, 2017 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, Ill.

Funeral was held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the funeral home, with Msgr. William J. Hitpas officiating. Burial with military honors followed at O’Fallon City Cemetery, O’Fallon, Ill.

Services entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Ill.