Wells County, Indiana
Monday, March 24, 2008
Rev. James M. Patch, 72
Rev. James M. Patch, 72, of Lexington, Ky., died at 12:17 p.m. Friday at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.
Born to H. Clarence and Martha M. (Alderton) Patch on Sept. 20, 1935, he married Catherine I. Miller on Nov. 12, 1976, in Wells County. She survives him.
A 1953 graduate of Jefferson Township High School, he worked as a farmer for Yager farm, a truck driver for PTI & Sam Tanksly, for CTS in Berne for 20 years, for Peyton?s Northern in Bluffton, and for Bettendorf Stanford in Salem, Ill. He started studying ministry in 1992. His first church was in Keystone in 1997. Then he ministered in the Union Chapel in Decatur in 1999, retiring in 2006 when he moved to Lexington, Ky. He ministered for 1 1/2 years in Penny?s Chapel (UMC). He also served in the U.S. Army in Europe. He was a member of Geneva Masonic Lodge #621 and the Decatur American Legion Post #43. He attended High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie.
Other surviving relatives include two daughters, Vera E. Fights of Lexington, Ky., and Vickie L. Camron of Berne; three stepsons, Daniel C. (Sarah) Haynes of Hartford City, Charles E. (Marta) Haynes of Portland and William E. Haynes of Hartford City; one stepdaughter, Marjorie A. (Ken) Dawson of Geneva; two brothers, Howard Patch of Jay City and Jesse Patch of Decatur; one sister, Ruth Habegger of Berne; six grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren and one foster daughter.
He was preceded in death by one brother Francis Patch.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Downing & Glancy Funeral Home in Geneva. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at West Lawn Cemetery in Geneva. Rev, James Bontrager will officiate.
Preferred memorials are to the church of the donor?s choice.