Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE


Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER – Stephen L. Steve Patterson, 73, of Wooster, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at LifeCare Hospice due to complications from cancer.  
Steve was born on February 1, 1947 to the late Willis and Nina Patterson in Wooster, Ohio. He married Ethel Morrison on March 4, 1972 in Cleveland. Steve loved to travel with Ethel and they went on different adventures together creating cherished memories.    
He spent his sophomore year at Greenbrier Military School before graduating from Wooster High School in 1965. After graduation, Steve attended Lindsey Wilson College before serving in the U.S. Army where he spent a year in Vietnam. Steve also attended the University of Akron.
After completing his Army service in Cleveland, he worked locally in Wooster before starting his 30-plus year tenure in car sales. Steve was very proud of being a partner of the Steve Patterson Auto Group with his beloved friend, Gary Underhill. Steve continued to work under Gary at EZ Pay Buildings as a Regional Representative.   During his tenure at EZ Pay Buildings, Steve was grateful to have established friendships with his clients in Virginia, North and South Carolina.  
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Ethel (Morrison); 3 children, Shelley Patterson of Jupiter, FL, Ann (Adam) Hinkel of Aurora, CO, Stephanie Patterson of Wooster. He leaves behind three beloved dogs, Bay-Li, Car-Li, and Hay-Li as well as his grandpets. Also surviving are his siblings, Patricia (William) Gott, Kent (Patricia) Patterson, and Susan R. Jones as well as numerous extended family members and friends.  
Anyone who knew Steve knew that he had a wonderful sense of humor and he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for.
Steve was a passionate golfer and could often be found on the links when he wasn’t at home. He expanded his love of the game as early as 11 when he started working as a caddy at the Wooster Country Club. Steve loved his sports, especially Ohio State Buckeye football, College of Wooster basketball, and Cleveland sports teams.  
The family would like to extend their gratitude to his coworkers and friends, Wooster High School Class of 1965, the Dunn Brothers family, Dr. Joseph Prah, Tyra Schlabach, the staff at the James Cancer Center at Wooster Community Hospital and the compassionate team at LifeCare Hospice of Wooster.  
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions in Steve’s name to Wooster Community Hospital Cancer Care Programs either via mail or online.
There will not be any calling hours. His family is arranging a private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.
Online condolences may be left for the family at   The family would appreciate it if you would tee one off for Steve the next time you are on the golf course.

Memorial Contributions
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions in Steve’s name to Wooster Community Hospital Cancer Care Programs either via mail or online.

Private Family Services

No calling hours


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