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Clifford Patterson

Clifford Patterson

Thursday, July 25th, 1957 - Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
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Clifford Patterson, 61, passed away July 9th, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Cliff was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma at St. Francis Hospital to Leonard and Helga Patterson. Raised in Tulsa along with brother Ralf and sister Patty, Cliff enjoyed childhood exploring the world around him, always under the watchful eye of his older brother Ralf, and of course both of the brothers looking after little sister Patty who was always getting in (or getting them!) into trouble; at least it seemed that way to the boys! Cliff inherited a lifelong appreciation of the outdoors from his Dad as they spent countless hours fishing and hunting around northeastern Oklahoma. They even fished in cold weather with a custom crafted “crappie top” on the small boat, which Leonard had designed and built. As Cliff got older, he enjoyed camping and fishing with Ralf and his friends as trips to the lake were a frequent activity. Cliff's first job was "subcontracting" to brother Ralf - throwing a paper route, and paid in pop and candy. Years later the brothers would team up again for a much larger endeavor; creating sophisticated software for a fortune 500 company, the pay was much better. Right after graduation, Cliff spent the summer "seismographing" with brother Ralf in Michigan and Kentucky. Their first night in Paducah, Kentucky saw the two brothers eating at Pizza Hut, and Cliff having an illicit beer. Cliff attended college where he learned drafting; this translated into a very successful career as a civil engineer and project designer. Cliff was recruited by a large, well known civil engineering firm in the Fort Wayne area. When the recession hit, the large company downsized. Cliff was the last man standing. Cliff has mentored several associates over the years, and he will be sorely missed. It was in Ft. Wayne he met and married his wife of 24 years, Jody. They enjoyed a lot of love and laughs. They have many good friends and family with whom they made many happy memories ... camping and canoeing and miles and miles on the Harley. They raised their own answer to prayers, beloved daughter Myanna. Cliff had always been good with kids, so he made for an amazing father. He would do anything in his power to take care of his family and give them anything they asked for. Cliff and Jody were beyond happy to have and be a family. In that family they took many vacations many trips and shared many laughs. Cliff laughed with his whole body and his smile was sooo big and contagious. The world will be a little bit emptier without Cliff but as his wife I will especially miss his laugh. Cliff was one of the kindest and most caring men. He loved his wife and daughter in a way that you noticed just by walking in the room. He was kind to all and had a way to make everyone feel special. Cliff was the man you could call if you ever were in a bind and you knew he'd be there with no hesitation. Cliff is survived by his wife, Jody; daughter Myanna; mother, Helga; brother Ralf (Polly); sister, Patty (Kevin) Harrell, numerous nieces and nephews and of course his shadow and faithful sidekick Dill. Cliff is preceded in death by a sister, Stephanie; and father, Leonard. Service is 10:30 am, Monday, July 15, 2019 at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. with calling one hour prior. Calling also Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fairhavenfortwayne.com
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 15th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Monday, July 15th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Trish Moore Daniels

Posted at 12:06am
So sorry for your loss. Cliff has always had a place in my heart. Prayers for you and your family .
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Posted at 04:10pm
So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Hugs and prayers. Gerhardstein Family
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