THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Harlen H. Patz
Issue Date: December 14, 2017
Harlen H. Patz, 81, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
Born May 27, 1936, to Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Ruth) Patz of Pound, he grew up and lived in the Coleman area most of his life. He married the love of his life, Esther Ann Ziemer on Sept. 14, 1957 and they were together for 60 years.
They moved to their home on Kelly Lake and wintered in Bonita Springs, Fla. until they sold their Kelly Lake home in 2016 and moved to their home in Bonita Springs.
He owned and operated Harlen Patz Sand and Gravel in Pound for 10 years and then Harlen Patz Construction of Coleman for 35 years until retiring in 1997. He loved his work, his crews and all the people he worked for and with.
He enjoyed fishing, but hunting was his favorite and always looked forward to deer season with the gang at deer hunting camp. He went big-game hunting 27 times out West and in Canada.
A life-long member of Pioneer Baptist Church in Pound, he served as a trustee for 40 years, took on many projects and served in many positions at the Church. They both were youth group advisors at various times.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther Patz; a brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Adele Patz of Coleman; a sister, Marilyn (Patz) Steier of Coleman; a sister-in-law, Susan Patz of Seymour; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pastor Paul and Donna Ziemer of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Cheryl Ziemer of Mankato, Mn.; many nieces and nephews and their children and many dear friends.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Patz of Coleman; a brother-in-law, Willard Steier of Coleman and a brother-in-law, Pastor Carl Ziemer of Mankato, Mn.
Family will greet relatives and friends at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Coleman on Monday, Dec. 18 from 3 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. with Rev. Alan Steir officiating. Burial will be in First Baptist Cemetery in Pound on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m.