Robert "Radar" Patton

Born: Thu., Nov. 29, 1956
Died: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Feb. 23, 2017
Location: Gallatin County School

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Feb. 24, 2017
Location: Gallatin County School

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 Robert “Radar” Patton, 60, of Shawneetown, passed away at his home on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  He was born on November 29, 1956 in Eldorado, the son of late John Robert and Margie Marie (Holloway) Patton.  He married Nancy J. Howard on June 2, 1979.  Radar is well known in the community as the Police Chief of Shawneetown for over thirty years.  He also coached for many years hundreds of Gallatin County children and teens in basketball, baseball and softball.  His passion was as an avid hunter of coon, squirrel and rabbits.  Radar was a member of the Shawneetown Presbyterian Church, Illinois Coaches Assn., and the Gallatin County Coon Club.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Patton of Shawneetown; two sons, Shane and Kylie Patton of Shawneetown, John Drake Patton also of Shawneetown; one sister, Debbie and Don Fromm of Shawneetown; two grandchildren, Zayne Robert and Zoey Grace Patton.  Visitation for Radar will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gallatin County School near Junction.  Funeral service will be at the school on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Aaron Phelps officiating.  Burial will follow the funeral service at Westwood Cemetery near Shawneetown.  The Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown will be in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gallatin School Scholarship fund - Radar Patton.  The address for the Gallatin County School is 5175 Hwy 13 Junction, IL 62954. 

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Dan and Pam Venters
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
**Until We Meet Again***
Those special memories of you will always bring a smile, if only we could have you back for just a little while.
Then we could sit and talk again just like we use to do, you always meant so much to use and always will do.
The fact that you're no longer here will always cause use pain, but you're forever in our heart until we meet again.
Love you Radar

Linda C. Reed (Porter)
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Radar's passing. He will be missed by the community. May God give comfort to the family and friends that he leaves behind. Prayers for our Mighty and Compassionate God's comforting touch during this time.

Linda C. Reed (Porter)

Jim Suits
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Radar was a great friend to my brother Jerry and me. We refereed and umpired a lot of games for Radar over the past 40 years but also enjoyed a personal friendship with Radar as well. We also enjoyed a personal friendship with his wife Nancy and his wonderful sons; Shane and Drake. Radar will not only be missed by his family and friends in Gallatin County but also by his friends in Pope County. May God bless the family of Radar Patton and thanks for the many memories...

Jim Suits
Golconda, Ill.

Roland B Allen
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
To all the family of Radar I am truly sorry. Debbie my heart goes out to you.

Martha Gullett (Lambert)
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Nancy & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Radar's passing, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Linda Jeffries
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Nancy, Debbie & Family
My heart aches for you. Words can't erase that hurt you're experiencing but prayers can help. Please know that my prayers are with & for you.
May God just wrap His loving arms around you all, now and in the days to come!
Love ❤️ you.
Linda Jeffries

Lisa Shively Bates
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Sending prayers to Nancy and the family during this difficult time.

Allen Jackson
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
We were deeply saddened to hear of your passing. Our prayers are with Nancy and the boys. I was always touched by the love He showed for the kids He coached. Rest in peace old friend.

Allen, Donna, Jordan and Eli Jackson

Mark Brothers
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Hello Nancy and family. I was shocked to hear of Radar's passing. He was a good man and a great friend! I worked very close with Radar at Peabody Eagle # 2, we were "shooters" in the 5th North section of the mine, low coal, and it was hard and dangerous work. I became close to Radar during this time! I was married and we were expecting our first child, she was born the day after Radar and Nancy were married. Radar was truly in love with Nancy and he shared his feelings with me from time to time during the work day before they were married. Radar was younger than me and I felt more like an older brother than a friend during those days. He had the best sense of humor, as his friends all know! His jokes and storytelling would keep you laughing throughout the day. I remember the day he told me he was quitting the mine and would become a full time policeman! He was excited about the job and he became a fine chief of police over the years. I left the area in 1984 and would visit from time to time, got to see Radar a few times now and then. He was always the same, that great laugh of his, a funny joke, and a big hug. For those of us that knew him, he was smart, funny and a great father and husband! Radar, I will miss you my friend!

Catherine Logsdon
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Nancy my heart is breaking thinking about you and what you and your family must be going through. I am so, so sorry.

Mike and Kerry Mott
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May the Lord grant you and your family peace. Radar was a good guy and he will be missed.

Fred and Sandra Stacy
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Nancy, Fred and I are so very sorry for your loss.

Tom and Linda Ramsey
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
Nancy and family: Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Radar's passing. You are all in our thoughts. Tom and Linda Ramsey

Freeman & Linda Oldham
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. So sorry for your loss. Radar was a friend to everyone and will be missed by so many people. Rest in peace "Radar".

sonny and jan Thacker
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
nancy We are so sorry of you loss. He will be so missed by family
and friends. May God bless you.

Linda Lanier McGuire
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Nancy, Shane, Drake, and family, please accept my sincere condolences on a day's passing. His loss will affect this entire county. He will be greatly missed. Praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Tom Wheeler
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Radar was one of those coaches you loved to run into. He always had a story and more important always had a smile. Loved what he did and cared about kids. Prayers for your family.

Debbie Febuary Via
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Debbie & family,
You have my deepest sympathy

Sheri Robinson
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Nancy and Debbie, I am so sorry. I always heard wonderful things about Radar. I know he will missed.

Chris Proctor
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Drake and family,
I am truly saddened to hear of your loss. Radar was a good man, and his impact on everyone around him will be evident for years to come. My deepest sympathies for you in this time of mourning and healing.

Marty Flagg
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
Rest well, Cheif...You are in the best of care with Mike and his wife. Live long, in our memories.
Marty Nik and Matt
The Flagg boys.

William T. Karns
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
I Wish To Send My Deepest Sympathy To All The Family. "Radar" Was A Wonderful Man, A Great Coach, Mentor To So Many Kids, And A Respected Police Chief For So Many Great Years. He Touched So Many Lives, Not Only in Gallatin County, But Across All Of Southern Illinois. He Will Definitely Be Missed By All.

Mignon Blackburn
   Posted Fri February 24, 2017
Nancy, so very sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers to you and your sons in this
dark hour.

Alan Downen
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017

I was so sorry to learn of Radar's death. I don't know if I have ever met you, so in case you don't recognize the name, I'm an attorney from McLeansboro. I became acquainted with Radar while he was Chief of Police and considered him a good friend. He was one of my favorite law enforcement officials simply because I could trust what he told me (and he was always a blast to be around - so funny). I also very much enjoyed watching him coach - never a dull moment, and he was often more fun to watch than the games.

I will miss him as I'm sure many will also - a real loss to the community. Hope you and your family are doing ok.


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