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Elmer Patson


Elmer A. Patson, age 96, of Anchorage, Alaska died on Thursday, February 6, 2020 with family members by his side.

Elmer was born to Gust and Anna Patson on July 22, 1923 in Menahga, Minnesota. He grew up in Menahga, went to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1947 and then moved with his family to Anchorage, Alaska in June 1949. He was owner of E.A. Patson Parts & Equipment for 58 years. Elmer was an avid outdoorsman who shared his passion and sense of adventure with his family. Elmer was united in marriage to Ellen L. Kalenius on December 26, 1942. They raised five children. Elmer was a member of the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by wife Ellen of 72 years, his parents; one son, Earl; three sisters and two brothers. Elmer is survived by his daughter, Phyllis (Don) Isaacs of Hibbing; son, Rodney (Beverly) Patson of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Arlene Bishop of Anchorage; son Wayne (Judy) Patson of Appomattox, Virginia; daughter, Nancy Patson of Anchorage; sister-in-law, Florence Kalenius of Pine City; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and his special dog Lacey.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Menahga. Interment will be in Menahga City Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Elmer’s memory to: Providence Hospice, Providence Alaska Foundation, P.O. Box 196604, Anchorage, AK 99519.
Funeral arrangements are with Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN. Online condolences may be left at

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