John M. Patrick, 73, of Spooner died on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth after recent health complications.
John was born on December 2, 1942, in Two Harbors, Minnesota, to Milo and Astrid Patrick. After graduating from Two Harbors High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was employed by the Spooner School District where he taught industrial education and photography from 1965 until his retirement in 2000.
On August 6, 1988, he was united in marriage to Mary Tripp in Spooner.
John was a charter member of Rolling Hills Snowmobile/ATV Club, a charter member of Spooner-Trego Lions Club, and a member of the Minnesota Street Rod Association. He enjoyed restoring vintage cars and memorabilia, and would travel the country to Collector Car Shows.
John was a vibrant and energetic member of the Spooner community for over 50 years. He loved life and never let anything hold him back – seeing, building, making, photographing, painting, drawing, designing, or doing anything he found an interest in doing.
He made friends far and wide because of his life-long love of collecting – especially cars. John was a car guy and nothing held him back from pursuing his hobbies.
As a teacher, John held great love for the Spooner School District and all the fellow teachers that became his best friends over his 35-year career. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Cindy (Dan) Patrick Tripp of Colorado and Michael J. Patrick of Texas; stedaughter, Ann Kormos, of Winters, California; stepson, Jack D. Kormos, of Hawaii; one grandchild, Diane Tripp; brother, Daniel L. (Cindy) Patrick, of North Stonington, Connecticut; and extended family including Daniel Haas of California.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Milo and Astrid; and his sister, Linda
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 28, at Scalzo-Taylor Chapel in Spooner. Pastor Jack Starr will officiate.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.