Dorothy L. Patton

Dorothy L. Patton

Dorothy L. Patton

March 6, 1927 – May 3, 2019

Dorothy LuEtta “Lu” Patton, 92, departed this earthly life on May 3, 2019. She was born March 6, 1927, in rural Hiawatha (Dundy County). She married Roy Patton on Nov. 9, 1944. To this union, three children were born, James, Dorothy and Glen. They settled in Hallam in 1960. Lu was an active member of the UCC church and American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of the UCC Sewing Circle. She had various jobs, working at the small grocery store in Hallam and cleaning houses. She then went to a full-time position at Doane College from 1984 until she retired.

Lu was a wife and mother. No one was just someone. Anyone she met became a part of her family. Friends and neighbors became a part of her family, too. Lu moved to Crete in 2004 after the Hallam tornado and lived in Crete until the time of her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; son, James; brothers, Leslie and Orval Johnson; sisters, Hazel Johnson, Leta Warren and Melba Loker; and great-great-grandson, Kase Korbel. 

She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy; son-in-law, Tom Messman; son, Glen and daughter-in-law, Rita Patton; daughter-in-law, Carol Patton; eight grandchildren, Tim (Lisa) Messman, Todd (Heather) Messman, Brenda (Randy) Williams, Bradley (Amanda) Patton, Chadd (Lori) Patton, Christal (Peter) White, Samantha (Kerry Carney) Prokop and Jessica (Trent) Brown; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; Goddaughter Roxanne (Dewey) Biscof; nieces and nephews, and many friends, including special special friends Sara Geistlinger and Lollie Teal.

A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Hallam UCC Church. Interment will be in the Hallam Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Hallam UCC Church or Hallam American Legion Axillary. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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