PERU - Wilfred W. Patnod Sr., 86, of the Parson Road, Peru, died Friday, June 29, 2007, at his home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Tammy Dadds, assisted by Hospice of the North Country.
He was born in Hyde Park, Vt., Jan. 24, 1921, the son of Henry and Glenna (Jewett) Patnode. He graduated with the first graduating class from Keeseville High School in the late 1930s.
Following high school, Wilfred enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a cook during World War II. He also served as an aircraft radio tech in the Philippines prior to his honorable discharge on Oct. 22, 1945.
Mr. Patnode retired in 1994 from civil service with the state of New York, where he operated the boiler plant for Ray Brook Prison. Mr. Patnode was an active square dancer, an enthusiastic pinochle player and a tireless gardener/farmer on his 70-acre back yard.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Putnam Patnode, of Rochester, whom he married February 1977; four sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard and Nancy Patnode of Lake Milton, Ohio, Wilfred Patnode Jr. of Peru, James Patnode of Canton, Ohio, and Robert Patnode and partner Ray Stimson of California; one stepdaughter, Linda Putnam; one stepson, Ronald Putnam; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Viola Bezio of Keeseville and Janet and Al Stiefel of Oregon; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Alan and Olga Patnode of Locust Grove, Va., and Clifford and Helen Patnode of Homestead, Fla.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his caregiver during the previous four years, Tammy Dadds; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; first wife (Jan. 1, 1969), Mary Elizabeth (George) Patnode, whom he married Feb. 6, 1943; three brothers, Cedric, Cecil and Rayburn Patnode; and one sister, Rose Grout.
Calling hours will be held Monday, July 2, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton St., Keeseville. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Keeseville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Edie A. Poland, pastor, officiating. Burial and military honors will follow in St. John's Cemetery in Keeseville.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Wilfred's memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country.