BURDETT — Harold “Prince Hal” Patterson, 79, a former professional football player and dirt construction worker, passed away Nov. 21, 2011 in Kinsley.
Hal was a three-sport letterman at the University of Kansas who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He chose to play out his professional football career in Canada for 14 years and then returned to Kansas to work in the family dirt construction business and later on his own.
Among many accolades, Hal was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971; the Garden City Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993; the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009; and the University of Kansas Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Survivors include a son, David and wife Kathy, Larned; two daughters, Angela and husband Mike McThomas, Andover, N.J.; and Tamara Patterson, Wichita; mother of children, Carol Patterson, Rozel; a brother, Keith, Rozel; two sisters, Mary Keith Stocks, and Roberta Ingold, both of Fisher, Ill.; Myra Bennett, Chandler, Ariz.; and Sue Selby, Houston, Texas; three grandchildren, Brittany and husband Josh Detherage, Jessica McThomas, and Jordan Hawk; one great granddaughter, Courtney Detherage; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Velma; brothers, Joe and Ray; and grandson, Shawn.
Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Morell Funeral Home in Larned, with Pastor Brad McCoy presiding. Burial will be at the Larned Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to American Diabetes Foundation in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com
Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home *
P.O. Box 124
Larned, Ks. 67550-0124
Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Nov. 23, 2011