Bob Patton, 73, Gowrie, died January 20, 2023 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Robert Stephen Patton, son of James and Annice Patton, was born September 10, 1949, in Fort Dodge. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1967 and attended the University of Northern Iowa. In 1971 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years as a member of the Singing Sergeants, based in Washington, D.C. During his military career he performed in all 50 states and over 20 foreign countries. Bob retired from the military in 1991 and returned to Gowrie, where he was editor and publisher of the Gowrie News. The newspaper was owned and published by the Patton family from 1899 until 2011. Bob performed for many years as a vocalist with numerous organizations, including the U.S. Air Force Band, Karl L. King Municipal Band, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Iowa Veterans Band, Dorian Opera Theatre, Stars Over VEISHEA, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and many other musical groups.
Preceding him in death were his parents. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Vogt; daughter, Stephanie MacAdam and her husband, Jeremiah, Towson, Maryland; grandchildren, Bailey Zdebski, Noah and Rowan MacAdam; sister, Janelle Willis, Aplington, Iowa; brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Deb Patton, Nevada, Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
No services are planned. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.