Bert Alonzo Patterson, 58, of Bowman, N.D., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at the Southwest Healthcare Hospital in Bowman.
Published December 13, 2013
Funeral Services for Bert were held Dec. 11, 2013 at the Bowman Lutheran Church in Bowman. Pastor Charles Swanson officiated and burial followed in the Bowman Cemetery.
Bert was born March 31,1955 in Bowman, N.D., the son of Eldon (Bus) and Zona (Brown) Patterson. He went to his Heavenly home Dec. 8, 2013 after a long, courageous, and hard fought battle with cancer.
Bert graduated from Bowman High School in 1973. He maintained many high school friendships, and this past summer helped organize his 40th class reunion, during which he enjoyed seeing and visiting with friends.
Bert married the love of his life, Debra Kunze, Oct. 1, 1977 and made their home in Bowman. They spent their honeymoon in Hawaii, and fell in love with Maui. They vacationed several times in Hawaii together and enjoyed spending time on the beach, watching the sunsets and the whales.
Bert was a born salesman. His father-in-law often said, “He could sell ice to an Eskimo.” He held many jobs during his life, starting out working for his father at the Ford Garage; he worked for KPOK Radio doing announcing, sales, and covering sports on the radio; Ehrmantrout’s NAPA; Bowman’s Real West Airlines; Mann’s Automotive (sales); Mandal’s Firestone store (sales); Northwest Tire (sales and manager); and finally American Family Insurance (Insurance Agent) retiring in 2012.
Bert was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed playing baseball, softball and golf. He was a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings (a die-hard to the end), Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves. He often said he was also a fan of anyone playing against the Green Bay Packers. Bert enjoyed planning bus trips to Vikings’ games. Besides sports, Bert enjoyed playing cards — poker, Texas Hold’em, and pinochle. He enjoyed trips to Deadwood and Las Vegas — and was probably one of the luckiest guys when it came to the casinos. The person who accompanied Bert to Deadwood or Vegas was always “Ernie” regardless of name, gender or age. Bert also loved cars (owning several different models over the years), music and his cats.
Bert will be dearly missed by his wife, Debbie; his parents, Bus Patterson and Zona Patterson; sisters, Candice (Lonnie) Kulseth, Janet Stockert and Karla (Monty) Stack; mother-in-law, Lois Kunze; brothers-in-law, Tim Riegel, Dave (Cindy) Kunze and Mark (Val) Kunze; sisters-in-law, Susy (Redg) Finck and Pam (Milo) Morris; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Bert was preceded in death by his sister, Dinah Riegel; his nephew, Caleb Schaaf; his paternal grandparents, Bert and Myrtle Patterson; his maternal grandparents, Clara D. and Alonzo (Lonnie) Brown; several aunts and uncles and his father-in-law, Russell Kunze.
Special ministries important to Bert were Badlands Ministries, Dakota Prairie Helping Hands, Southwest Healthcare Services, the work of the Bowman Lions Club, and of course his church.
We are so grateful to have shared his life. We will miss his amazing smile, his beautiful blue eyes, his sense of humor, and his love of life. Those who knew Bert will always be inspired by his courage and his deep faith – F.R.O.G.!!!
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Service in charge of the arrangements.