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Alan E. Patnode, 85, formerly of Keeseville, N.Y., and more recently, Locust Grove, Va., went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, while at The Adler Center for Caring in Aldie, Va.
Alan was born in Peasleeville, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1931, the son of Henry and Glenna (Jewett) Patnode. He graduated from Keeseville High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1949 to 1953.
Alan married Olga Davic on Aug. 17, 1951.
While working for Duquesne Light Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology. In 1957 and for the next 35 years, Alan worked for New York State Electric and Gas Corporation as a Senior System Protection and Control Technician. Alan also held offices in the Quarter Century Club.
Alan, who is known for his great love of family served the community in many ways. He served as a 4-H Leader, as a member of the AuSable Planning Board, and volunteered at the Keeseville Nutrition Site. Alan's faith in God was evident in his deeds at The Keeseville United Methodist Church where he was a member for 74 years. He selflessly taught Sunday School, acted as a counselor for the UMYF, sang in the choir, served on the Board of Trustees and Administrative Board, and performed the duties of Lay Speaker and Lay Leader. His community elected him to the AuSable Valley Central School board for 24 years, 15 of those as president. Alan was a charter member of the Keeseville Ecumenical Choir for 32 years. He loved to sing!
To be closer to his children and grandchildren, in 1999, Olga and Alan moved to Locust Grove, Va. He continued to serve his community in many ways and was an active member of The Lake of the Woods Church where he sang in the choir, maintained the oil candles, participated in group bible study, and served as an elder and on the security team.
Left to cherish the memory of Alan are his beloved wife; three adoring daughters, Rhonda (Clint) Jay of Tennessee, Cheryl (Ron) Bittner of Florida, and Deanna (Tim) Gage of Virginia; brother, Clifford of Florida; sisters, Viola Bezio of New York, and Janet Stiefel of Oregon; seven grandchildren, Mason, Kelly, Ashley, Rayburn, Clint, Elise, and Jessica; great-grandsons, Emmett and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, Cedric, Cecil, Wilfred, and Rayburn; one sister Roselma Grout.
A Celebration of Life service will be held this summer in Keeseville.
Published on March 4, 2017
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