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Paul E. Patterson

Paul Ezra Patterson was born in Altoona, PA, January 13, 1928. He was the son of Rev. Ezra and Anna Patterson. Paul was a retired United Methodist minister of the gospel and died November 13, 2021.

He graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, in 1950, and from Garrett Biblical Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, in 1955. He and Beverly Baldwin, of Albion, MI, were united in marriage in 1955 at the First Methodist Church, Albion. Together they served United Methodist churches throughout Southwest Michigan from 1955 until 1990. He was also known for his interest in music, and especially as a pianist.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by parents, wife in 2016, and brother and sister-in-law, Rev. H.H. (Pat) and Esther Patterson.

At his request, cremation has taken place.

A private inurnment will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton, MI.

Contributions in memory of Paul may be made to the

Clark Retirement Community

of Grand Rapids or

Emmanuel Hospice in Grand Rapids.

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Dean Francis

November 16, 2021 at 7:21 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s death. Paul was the pastor in Paw Paw when I was a newly appointed United Methodist pastor at St. Paul’s UMC In Lawton. He was a kind, thoughtful mentor to me during that time and I was always grateful for his support.


Judy Coffey

November 17, 2021 at 7:33 am

So enjoyed Paul and Bev’s friendship. We were always delighted when Paul would come and share his talents on the piano with our church. Grateful for their love and care in years past.


Marie Shrum

November 17, 2021 at 12:54 pm

I have fond memories of Paul from his time in St. Johns. I was blessed to work with him as the church office coordinator during his pastorate at First UMC. His quiet spirit, kindness, and his devotion to God (and his church) taught me much and helped me develop a stronger faith and my service to God through the church. He would occasionally bless the day with time spent at the piano at the church, lifting the spirits of all who were around to enjoy his talents. I know he will rest securely in the arms of our Savior.


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