In Memory

James "Phil" Pattie

James Phil Pattie

In Memory of James (Phil) Pattie

James Philip “Phil” Pattie passed away October 5, 2022 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 86. Phil was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on November 7, 1935, the son of James Warren Pattie and Helen Ruth Wilkinson Pattie.

He attended public schools in Marshalltown and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1958. Following college, he entered the U.S. Navy through the Naval Officer Candidate Program. While serving in the Navy, he completed the Navy Flight Training Program becoming a designated Naval Aviator. His 9 years of service included duty in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Far East. Following his military service, he worked for Northwest Airlines for 29 years, retiring as a Boeing 757 Captain.

Phil was predeceased by Charlene Annette Hyde/Pattie, the mother of their three children, James David Pattie of Lake Forest, IL, Robin Annette Kellogg of Plymouth, MN, and Christopher Read Pattie of Port Washington, NY. He was also predeceased by wife Sara Mae (Moffitt) Pattie. He is survived by wife Karen Rae (Harris) Pattie of Mesa and sister Mary K. Wells of Ames, IA.

Phil is most proud of the success and happiness of his three children and six grandchildren and the long-lasting friendships acquired over his lifetime. He is especially thankful for the loving care from Karen and their adorable pup, Bella.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet at The Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Phil's memory at a time to be announced.

Burial will be in the family plot in Clear Lake, Iowa.

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10/12/22 10:46 AM #1    

Paul Anderson

My heart was deeply saddened by the word of Phil's passing.  He was a central person in the meeting with my wife to be.  So, Phil had a very important role in my marriage and my family.  My condolences to each member of his family.  May Phil RIP.  Paul Aderson

10/12/22 04:31 PM #2    

David Dickinson

I find it difficult to express the sense of loss that I feel--Phil and I were the two left behind after high school.  The rest of our "gang of 8" scattered while we two attended MJC for our freshman year. Then he went to U of I, I to ISU,  Unknown to each other we pledged the same fraternity.  Iowa City was a more exciting place to visit than Ames.  We hung out together in the summer time.  We each graduated midyear 1958, and with a draft board breathing down our necks actually applied and were accepted to Law School while we waited for the Navy to decide if we were fit to become Navy officers.  During that time we built a native limestone retaining wall across the back of  Warren Pattie's lot (which endeavor kept us in beer money  until the Navy called).  We never got to Law School.  We met in Norfolk in '61, and in St. Louis in '64 (actually across the river in the Officers Club at Scott Air Force base where we saw Bruce Butler's widow, Sharon Harrison).  We visited in their home in Burnsville in the early '70s when our kids outnumbered theirs 5 to 3.  Class reunions in Marshalltown were always good times.  Phil Pattie was a special friend.

10/24/22 04:36 PM #3    

Norma Turner (Speer)

I wrote my memories of Phil but am afraid I didn't hit the submit button because it seems to have disappeared, so I will try again and hope it doesn't come up twice.  I basically said what a good guy he was and that I was privileged to have had contact with him in the last 1 1/2 years as we worked on the Fabulous 50's committee that held a reunion for all 1950s graduates in Sept. of 2021.  So I saw him on our zoom meetings and then in person at the reunion.  I also joined him and his sister, Mary Wells, an Ames resident , for dinner when he was visiting her last May.  I didn''t know that her was fighting cancer during this time so his passing surprised me.  He took over running this website for a time this last few years after David Stover suffered a stroke.  I know they were good friends.  Another good guy.  Our class was richly blessed with lots of great guys.

Norma (Turner) Speer

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