Harold Michael ‘Mike’ Patchen

A Celebration of Life and remembrance will be held for Harold Michael (Mike) Patchen on  Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 10 am at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren, 604 East 550th Road in rural Douglas County. Mike died on July 21, 2021, after a two-year battle with cancer.  His family welcomes friends, colleagues and neighbors to celebrate with them. The family suggests casual attire.

Mike was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on July 1, 1947, to Harold Eugene Patchen and Mary Merlene (Ridgway) Patchen.  The family lived in Junction City and Ottawa before moving back to Lawrence in 1955.  Mike attended Pinckney Elementary School, Central Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Steven Patchen, his brother-in-law John Rooney and his brother-in-law George (Buddy) Lawrence.

Mike began his working career at age 12 delivering newspapers in the neighborhood and doing odd jobs for his older neighbors.  He worked part time for Ship Winter Chevrolet as a mechanic while in his senior year of high school.

After graduation, he worked a short time at Tempo in their automotive department.  In 1966, he began his career as a diesel mechanic for Lawrence Freight Line until the freight line closed in 1993.  He then went to work as a diesel mechanic for Penske Truck Leasing that same year.  He transitioned to working for Koch Industries when they took over the K-Mart truck leasing from Penske and retired from Koch in 2009.

He joined the Army National Guard in 1965 and served on active duty during the Vietnam War.  He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Sue Schlink, on April 9, 1967. They lived in Lawrence until he left for active duty in April of 1968.  Upon his return, they moved to the country southwest of Lawrence and have lived in that area for over 50 years. His love of rural life grew as the couple ventured into a small farming and cattle ranching operation.

Mike was happiest when he was working on the farm.  He enjoyed being on a tractor doing whatever needed to be done, watching the young calves venture the fields, mowing and baling hay, fixing and getting the farm equipment ready to use.  He enjoyed helping others and doing things with his family, friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his daughter Michelle Patchen Wasson (David), his son John Patchen, and his grandchildren Kathryn Anne Freidl, Kaylah Marie Patchen, Roman Patchen as well as his sister Mary Rooney, his sister-in-law Betty Grems, his sister-in-law Kay Barngrover (Rick), his sister-in-law Leda Lawrence, as well as 13 nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 pm at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Washington Creek Church, in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P. O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.

 

 

 

 

Messages & Condolences

From Susan Harrison...

Sandra I am so sorry for your loss. From all the beautiful tributes he will be so missed. Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From Nancy Giossi...

Sandy I’m so sorry to hear this news. Hugs to you and your family.

From Lee and Lori Queen...

Mike was a great neighbor and friend. He was always working! So sorry for your loss Sandy. Prayers with you.

From Mike & Diane Pope...

Thinking of each of you and remembering the fun times we all shared at Wakarusa Valley school and 4-H activities. May you find comfort as you hold your many memories of Mike in your hearts.

From Marty and Pat Hoover...

Sandy, we are so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing.

From Richard McKinney...

Sandy — So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

From Brenda...

Sandy, Our family has such fond memories of Mike. We would see him when he visited his mom, always doing so much for her. We are so sorry for your loss.
Darrell and Brenda Sampson

From Carol Wilcox...

Sandy,
Please know that you and the family are being thought about at this time. Mike was one of the GOOD Guys, always helping in so many ways. Treasure the Good times that you had with Mike
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
God’s Blessings.

From Dillon...

Sandy, Michelle, and John and families.
Thinking of you!!! Always enjoyed seeing Mike bring his cattle to the Overbrook Livestock Commission. And also when you would Eat in Overbrook with Claude and Agnes. He will be missed!

From Gary Lee Wheeler...

Remembering Mike, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

From ron and jane garvin...

Remembering Mike and praying for the Lord to comfort his family with His great love and the promise of a joyful reunion. With our heartfelt sympathy.

From Teresa A. Kopsa...

Sandy,
I am sad to see that Mike has passed away. I had no idea he was battling cancer. I hope you find comfort in your memories of time with him, especially on your farm, working together. Take care. My thoughts are with you, your children, and extended family. Teresa

From Tom & Unda Lee...

Sandy, so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers. God Bless ❤️

From Lisa...

Aunt Sandy, you are such a strong woman and wonderful aunt. I send my prayers your way in the coming future… Uncle Mike was the best and I know he’s watching over you. See you soon ❤️.

From John and Gloria Musick...

Sandy, We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We had not heard of the health problems he was going through, so it came as quite a shock to us. Our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. Please know you are in our hearts and we share your grief.

From Karla Conrad...

Sandy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of you and sending prayers your way.

From Carol Waisner...

I’m so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. I kept thinking that I would get out to see you and didn’t follow through. This has taught me never to put things off. We never know what tomorrow will bring. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for peace and comfort.

From Jim & Corene Wilson...

We send our prayers for Mike and all of his family. Georgia is a long way from you and we regret we can not be with you now. You are all in our prayers

From ROBERT TREPINSKI...

Mike was an outstanding guy. Did work for LMH maintenance on motors and treated everyone I ever saw as if they were family. He always gave a straight answer to anyone who asked him for his thoughts about ability to maintain something. Should I fix it or buy new….. great guy, sorry for your loss. May all the good memories give you peace.

From Judy Lee...

Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike was a great guy. I always remember when my sister Linda still lived in Kansas and on a snowy day she had a flat tire. Mike stopped and
Changed it for her! She was so thankful that he helped her. This was before we had cell phones so he saved the day. My love to you and your family

From Rose Rozmiarek...

Soo sorry for your loss, Sandy. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole Patchen family. You guys welcomed Gary and I to the community as if we had always been here. Please let us know if you need anything. Hugs

From Lisa Hegeman-Zwiener...

Sandy and Family so sorry to hear about Mike he was a great guy I’m praying for you all.

From Linda Bonebrake...

Sandy, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

From KC and Kari Wempe...

We were so blessed to have you and Mike as neighbors and friends. Mike was an outstanding man, husband and dad. Sending peace and strength to the Patchen family.

From terri thornton...

Sandy, I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are in my thoughts.

From Angie Loving...

Sandy – I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending many warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

From Larry D Black...

So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike and I grew up together and worked together for many years and he was a very special close friend.

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