Stanley Graves Patterson

Monday, July 18, 2005

STANLEY GRAVES PATTERSON, 90, of Shell Knob, Mo., died July 12, 2005, at his home with his family at his side. He was born oct. 23, 1914, in Jefferson City, Mo., to the late Alexander Zachariah and Agatha (Weidemeyer) Patterson.

He was educated in the Kansas City, Mo., public school system. Upon graduation from high school he attended New Mexico Military Institute, William Jewel College as well as, Washington and Lee University where he received his LLB degree. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Upon being admitted to the practice of law by the Missouri supreme Court in 1939 he joined the law firm of Patterson, Chastain, Graves and Smith in Kansas City.

In 1939 he was united in marriage with Martha A. Jenkins of Orleans, Ind., and to that union eight children were born.

In 1943 he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve and served in the South Pacific as C.O. of a Naval Armed Guard unit with the rank of Lieutenant, J.G. At the end of the war, he continued the practice of law with his father in the firm of Patterson and Patterson in Kansas City, Mo.

In 1957 he owned and operated an iron mine in West Plains, Mo. He then formed the Patterson Land and Development Company and engaged in the real estate business in and near Shell Knob, Mo., where he and wife Mary Elliot (Gardner) of Springfield, Mo., with whom he married in 1964, made their home on beautiful Table Rock Lake. In 1992 they moved to Berryville.

For many years he has supported and was involved in the protection of animals both wild and domestic.

In April 2004, he was preceded in death by Mary. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons, Stanley and Thomas, his daughter, Penny, and his son, Zack.

He is survived by his son, William and wife, Lou, of Shell Knob, his son Joseph and wife, Carrie, of Torquerville, Utah, his daughter Julie and husband, Glenn Austin, of Salt Lake City, Utah, his daughter Lucie Elwell of Salt Lake City, Utah; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service of Berryville. Burial will be at a later date at Forest Hills Cemetery in Kansas City. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to the Humane Society or animal shelter of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at