Gerald “Gerry” Patten, 74, of Redwood Falls passed away Thursday, July 21, 2022, at St. Cloud Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Visitation will continue from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow the service at Redwood City Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of memorials, the family asks that donations be made to the Redwood Area School Arts Program.
Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. Condolences may be sent via
Gerald “Gerry” William Patten was the son of William Glenn and Helen (McKay) Patten of Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He was born April 3, 1948 in Redwood Falls. He attended school at Delhi Public School until 6th grade. He graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1966. After high school, Gerry entered the Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He was self-employed as an artist/designer throughout his life, never truly retiring. Gerry was the “decorator of this town”! He spent many years decorating at Redwood Valley High School prom, Tour of Homes, and Ramona’s School of Dance. Gerry also decorated for weddings, parades, and various places throughout Redwood Falls during Christmas time. He also was an active chairman on the Redwood County DFL. Gerry held many offices at the Delhi Presbyterian church, until their closing in 2005, when he joined Redwood Falls First Presbyterian Church.
Gerry is survived by his siblings, Lois (Robert) Gullickson of Woodbury, Marvin (Diane) Patten of Clara City, and Mary (the late Robert) Tetrick of Lamberton; nieces and nephews, Stephen (Meike) Patten, Dan (Janelle) Gullickson, Robin (Mark) Goblirsch, Deb (John) Campbell, Jeff (Tolly) Patten, Catherine (Dennis) Hoffbeck, Dean (Kerry) Gullickson, Lisa (Mark) Fest, Cindy (Josh) VanDerPol, Sharon (Darrin) Carlson, and Laura Lee (Jim) Schuett; 24 great-nieces and nephews; and one great-great-niece.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen Patten; and brother-in-law, Bob Tetrick.
Blessed be his memory.