John F. Patterson, M.D.

John F. Patterson, M.D., 67 of Columbia passed away May 22, 2008 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Services will be held at a later date.  John was born November 4, 1940 in Willow Springs, MO to the late George F. and Myrtle (Pennington) Patterson.  John is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Gloria, his two sons, Marc Patterson and his wife Jamie and Luke Patterson and his wife Misty all of Columbia as well as his brother Danny Patterson of Abilene, TX.  Dr. Patterson was a physician & psychiatrist at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia for 22 years.  He enjoyed teaching & mentoring medicine his entire life.  His hobbies included traveling, photography & reading good books.  The family request memorials to the Willow Springs High School Scholarship Fund, 214 W. Fourth St., Willow Springs, MO 65793.

Visits: 3


  1. Alice Lindsey on May 25, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    My sympathy to Glo and family all the way from Arkansas.

  2. Danny G. Patterson on May 27, 2008 at 9:18 am

    John was the big brother that I only could have hoped to be like. John was an inspiration to me that motivated me to get into the healthcare field. John was the example that I only could have hoped to aim for.

    I will miss him forever.

    Love: Danny, Debbie & Joy

  3. Jeff G. Neal on May 27, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Dr. John Patterson was a great man with a loving family who will be dearly missed. My thoughts and heart go out to Gloria, Luke, and Mark. I have some pretty good memories of Luke’s Dad keeping us in check while going through high school. My deepest sympathies…

  4. Tarak Devkota on May 28, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the Patterson family. My prayers are with you. Love Tarak

  5. Julie Griffin on May 29, 2008 at 8:08 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Patterson’s family. I had the opportunity to work with him in the past year and he always brightened my day.

  6. Jacque Turner on May 29, 2008 at 9:23 am

    To: Gloria – Dr. Patterson was who he was because of you. I wish everyone could have known his gentle spirit. To Marc and Luke – I hope one of you has inherited his sense of humor and one of you his incredible business sense. You have my sympathy and love. Jacque

  7. Ann Sydnor on May 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

    “JP” was one of a kind. He loved working with the veterans and was very out spoken to say the least. He pulled no punches about the way he felt. My best memory would be when he was interviewing someone and the vet assaulted him. He called the code orange but by the time we arrived he had went one way and his leg went the other. We all had a great laugh about it. My deepest sympathy goes out to his wonderful family. Just remember he is never really gone. We each will carry him in our hearts until we meet again on the other side. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Love Ann

  8. Elisabeth Schwaiger on May 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Gloria, I feel so sad with you and send many greetings from the other side of the ocean.I wish you much strength in this heavy times. Love Elisabeth

  9. Jan Frank on May 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Glo and Family,
    Deepest sympathies for your loss. John was a super guy…….he loved you so much, Glo! He will be missed. Blessings and love to you all! Jan and Kim

  10. wayne mcmillen on May 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I worked with Dr. Patterson for years and we had several visits throughout that time. I knew him well enough to know he was a good man.

  11. Sheila Carey on May 29, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    My sympathy to Glo and all the family. John seemed like part of our family. I only wish we’d had the chance to meet in person.

  12. Liz Bivens on May 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Glo – you were great at sharing stories about yourself and John. You had a wonderful life together and I’m sure you will continue to share stories. We look forward to them. Take care and keep those memories close to your heart.

  13. John Meagher on May 30, 2008 at 6:38 am

    It is sad that time slips away,It seems like just yesterday we roamed the streets of wilow. AS we go into lifes journeyand different paths the memories are everlasting.That is where great people leave lasting impressions with those he comes in contact withand with John that was true with everyone that knew John.I will always have fond memories of him.
    Our condolenceto the Family.
    John@Anita Meagher

  14. Fred Becker on May 30, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Glo, Mark, Luke,

    I wanted to share with you some wisdom from my six year old Ryan who recently lost his Father on Christmas Eve. It seems a six year old can put it in the simplest terms. As he sat on my lap and spoke of his Father he said; “You know, Poppy, when you love someone in your heart they stay with you forever” Bless you all.

  15. Jerry Grant on May 31, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    John was one of my very special friends whom I shall remember as long as I live.

  16. Gary Lenzini on June 3, 2008 at 8:15 am

    John will be missed but never forgotten, he was always gentle and I was honored to serve him, I especially liked the conversations we had about his travels and family, Glor, please say “hi” from time to time, anytime, all my love and consideration, Gary

  17. Joan Cumming on June 3, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Glo Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the family in your loss. John will always be with you…much love … Joan and Family in Western Australia

  18. frank wilson on June 3, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Dear Gloria and family: I received with great sadness the news of John’s passing. My condolences to you. Although we have been out of touch for many years the medical school experience is one that brings people and friendships together in durable ways. Along with you I will miss him, John was a brilliant and good friend. Sincerely Frank Wilson

  19. Barbara McCanse on June 3, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Dear Gloria, Andy and I were so sorry to hear of John’s death. I’m sure the many happy memories you have of him will live in your heart forever. John loved and treasured his family above all else. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Barbara & Andy McCanse

  20. Bud Klein on June 5, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Kindest thoughts at this difficult time.

  21. Bruno Zwerenz on June 10, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Gloria. It saddens me to hear of John’s passing. I remember him as a caring, cheerful man. I pray for your peace. Bruno

  22. Bruno Zwerenz on June 10, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Dear Gloria. It saddens me to hear of John’s passing. I remember him as a caring, cheerful man. I pray for your peace. Bruno

  23. Wayne Brown MD on September 15, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Dr. Patterson mentored me in my psychiatry residency in the 1980s. He literally saved my life and marriage by his advice and example. I will always have great respect and appreciation for him. I look forward to seeing and communicating with him in our next existence.

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