William Richard Patterson

William Richard Patterson

July 16, 1949 – April 22, 2020


We celebrate the life of our beloved brother, husband, and grandfather, William Richard Patterson who lived his life fueled by the love of God.

Richard was a man who loved to learn, laugh and love. He loved his family and dedicated his life to teaching his family how important it was to love and be loved.  All he needed was his Bible and his family’s company and he was happy.  His smile could light up a room and brighten your darkest day.  Richard provided wisdom and strength that made him the backbone of his family.  He left his footprint on this world with the ones he touched with his love.

Former Kentucky resident, William Richard Patterson, 70, passed away April 22, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family in Omaha, NE.

Richard was born July 16, 1949 in Georgetown, KY to William Patterson and Corinne B Patterson.  Richard served in the United States Air Force from 1967-1989 as an intelligence officer.  While he was stationed in Wright Patterson AFB in Fairborn, OH, Richard met and married Estella Marie Smith of Middletown, OH on August 31, 1974.

Richard worked for the United States Postal Service for over thirty years.

Richard was an active member of Greater Bethel Temple and served on the Usher Board, Evangelistic team, Deacon, choir member, Baptismal Coordinator, Secretary for the Brotherhood, and Sunday school teacher.

His interest included spending time with his wife, reading the Bible, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, visiting the sick with his friend and pastor, Bishop Calvin Gould, and serving the Lord.

Richard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Estella Marie Patterson; children: Donna Michelle Burrage (Curtis), William “Richie” Richard Patterson ll (Monica) Dayton, OH, Elizabeth Marie Patterson Omaha, NE, and Deziree Estelle Patterson (Tim) Omaha, NE; grandchildren: Keontrez Dupree Hampton, Sydnii Corinne Washington, William Richard Patterson lll, Braxton Levon Crosby, Sha’Kynzy Estella Patterson, O‘Marion Xavier Patterson, Selita Michelle Crosby, Kenya Darryl Patterson, and Judah Joelle Patterson; great-granddaughter, Samiya Milan Edwards; and grand-pup, Titan Monroe Patterson.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, William Patterson and Corinne B Patterson.

VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, April 24th from 10:30am to 12:30am, at the West Center Chapel.  Private INTERMENT: Friday, April 24th, Omaha National Cemetery.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE to be announced at a later date.





  • Christopher Turner Posted April 22, 2020 7:45 pm

    For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    1 Thessalonians 4:15‭-‬18 KJV

  • WANDA SIDNEY- GREEN Posted May 2, 2020 6:22 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the Family of Richard. We were classmates at Georgetown High, and we graduated together, CLASS of 1967. I just heard of his passing and I’m just in shock. GOD be with the Family during these SAD times. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers . GOD BLESS YOU.
    Wanda Sidney- Green Classmate, GHS 1967

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