Ross O. Patten Retired postal employee

September 15, 1990

Services for Ross O. Patten, who had retired as a quality control supervisor at Baltimore's main post office and headed two organizations of retired persons, will be held at 9 a.m. today at the Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.

Mr. Patten died Wednesday after an apparent heart attack at his home in Catonsville. He was 77.

He retired in 1981 after more than 20 years with the Postal Service. Earlier, he had worked in shipyard offices in Quincy, Mass., and then as a cabinetmaker for Hopeman Brothers, a subcontractor that finished interior spaces in newly built ships.

He came to Baltimore over 40 years ago when the company was doing work on ships built by the Bethlehem Steel Corp.

A native of Portland, Maine, he grew up in Quincy. He served in a Navy Construction Battalion in the Aleutians during World War II.

Mr. Patten was president of the Catonsville Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and of the Edmondson Village Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

He also had been a member of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

Mr. Patten is survived by his wife, the former Doris Poffenberger; two daughters, Kathleen Patten of Catonsville and Carol Patten of Baltimore; a son, David Patten of Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, Ruth Patten of Quincy; and two brothers, Robert Patten of Cortland, N.Y., and Russell Patten of Quincy.

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