Ronald Gene Patton, 73, of New Athens, IL, born March 29, 1948 in Belleville, IL, passed away on September 13, 2021 at Memorial-East Hospital in Shiloh, IL. Mr. Patton honorably served God and Country as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp during Vietnam. After returning home, he was employed as an electrician at Peabody Coal Co. till they closed. He then worked until his retirement at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO as a master electrician. Ron was an avid golfer and motorcycle enthusiast. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by many.
Mr. Patton was preceded in death by his parents – Alvin W. and Helen (Darnstaedt) Patton and his first wife – Trudy (Pilbean) Patton.
Ron is survived by his wife of 30 years – Bonnie (Lewis) Patton of New Athens, IL who he married on November 15, 1991 in New Athens, IL, daughter – Adrianne Patton of New Athens, IL, son – Michael (Jennifer) Smith of Dallas, GA, stepsons – Dennis (Belinda) Ventress of New Athens, Bob (Donna) Smith of Licking, MO and Ray Smith of Springfield, IL, stepdaughters – Darla Kogel of Chester, IL, Dawn (Bill) Jordan of Baldwin, IL, Chris Garret of Worden, IL and Brandy Ventress of Baldwin, IL, two brothers – Rory Patton of New Athens, IL, Roger (Susie) Patton of Marissa, IL, two sisters – Karen (David) Lewis of New Athens, IL and Kathy (Larry) Matzenbacher of Marissa, IL, seventeen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, extended family and friends and his special buddy – Duke.
Memorials: Wounded Warrior Project or to donor’s choice.
Visitation: Friends and family will be gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday September 17, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL.
Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday September 17, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL with Rev. Lyle Buettner officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.