August 11, 1937 - March 22, 2016


Dale Francis Gene Patton, age 78, Sartell, MN died peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home in Sartell, MN due to complications from Parkinson’s/PSP disease.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN. Pastor Brady Finnern will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Sartell, MN. Funeral arrangements by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.

Dale was born August 11, 1937 in Sauk Rapids, MN to Lawrence K. and Hazel M. (Thompson) Patton. He married Mavis M. Lowe on May 31, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie, MN. Dale was employed by Kollman Granite Co. from 1959 to 1965 and Sartell School District #748, at the elementary school, from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. Dale enjoyed fishing, reading, walking and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mavis Patton of Sartell, MN; sons and daughters, Kimberly (Chris) DiLaura of St. Cloud, MN; David Patton of Mason City, IA; Scott (Robyn) Patton of Cameron, MT; Diane (Jim) Gilmer of St. Cloud, MN; Sharon (Kevin) Bird of Decatur, IL; Mark (Penny) Patton of Broadus, MT; Jeffrey (Linda) Patton of Alexandria, VA; brother, Darrel (Virginia) Patton of Rice, MN; 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Matthew Patton, brothers, Daniel and David Patton, and sister-in-law, Evelyn Patton.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of CentraCare Hospice, especially Steve and Tawnee, for their compassion and care the past two months.