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Ralph M. Patkus

December 21, 1919 - April 20, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Ralph M. Patkus, 89, of Springfield died at 3:18 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 21, 1919, in Springfield, the son of Ralph and Agnes Reid Patkus. He married Leora Faust on June 29, 1940. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Matthew Patkus; and a sister, Mary Patkus.

Mr. Patkus was a resident of Springfield for most of his life. He was a self-employed carpenter, a superintendent for Jones Blyth Construction, owner and operator of Patkus Construction and retired as a field inspector for Ralph Hahn & Company.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and a troop leader for Troop 17 Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed camping, fishing, golf, gardening and traveling and loved spending time with his family. He was a graduate of Springfield High School.

Surviving are his wife, Leora Snip Patkus of Springfield; a daughter, Sandra (husband, Carl Ron) Hochreiter of Farley, Mo.; three sons, Ralph L. Pat (wife, Sue) Patkus of Springfield, James M. (wife, Joan) Patkus of Lantana, Fla., and Michael T. (wife, Kate) Patkus of Benton, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Rev. Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to the Youth Program at Blessed Sacrament Church or the American Heart Association.

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