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Samuel Ernest Patterson

Birth Date: April 16, 1948
Death Date: November 7, 2017

Samuel Ernest Patterson, 69, of Decatur, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at his home.
Sam was born April 16, 1948, in Evansville, IN, to Horace Edward and Dora Josephine (Dunning) Patterson, Sr. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He retired from Caterpillar after 30 years of service. He was an avid Nascar fan and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Dillon.
He is survived by his son, Michael (Heather) Patterson of Macon, IL; one grandson, Dillon Patterson of Macon, IL; three brothers, Pat Patterson of New Braunfels, TX, Randy Shaw of Baton Rouge, LA, and J.R. Shaw of Decatur, IL; two sisters, Dorothy Newkirk of Columbus, OH and Donna (Moe) Tague of Decatur.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life for Sam Patterson will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at Parkway Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in Camp Butler at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Macon County Honor Guard.
The family of Samuel Patterson is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Celebration of life hosted by the family
November 10, 2017
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
Parkway Church of the Nazarene
2701 East Faries Parkway Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. To the family of my friend and fellow marine. The last time I saw Sam was in Chu Lai after an attack where he was wounded. We were like brother in the 60's. I know he will be greatly missed. Semper-Fi. Pal.
    Charles (Chuck) Crawley LHS 1964

  2. We will miss you Sam. Jeremy will miss seeing you in the neighborhood waving and stopping by a minute to talk. Thank you for your service to our Country. Our sympathy to your family for their loss. You will not be forgotten…….rest in peace, our friend.

  3. Lots of wonderful memories for both my husband & I of Sam. I worked with sam at Caterpillar and my husband also knew him. May you rest in peace Sam and may the good lord give your family peace at this difficult time. Thank you so much Sam for your service to our country. You will never be forgotten. RIP SAM.

  4. I have known Sam for over 50 years….he will be missed at all of his hangouts. I remember when he wore his hair long, permed and road a motorcycle, back when he dated my sister Sally. He was a good friend to many and served his country proudly. May he rest in peace.

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