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ANTHONY PATIN


Mr. Anthony (Tony) Patin, age 78, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in Sand Lake, MI on the family farm. Tony was the youngest of 10 children. Tony met his wife Patricia at a Catholic Young Adult Group. After a courtship, and Tony’s time in the Army, they married and would make Sand Lake, MI their home. Tony worked for a time in Grand Rapids, MI, however, farming was his true calling and he made the change to full time farming early on in their marriage. He started farming alongside Pat and their children and then alongside his two sons and their families and they continue the family farm today. It is impossible to have enough words to describe the quality of a man that Tony was, or what he meant to everyone. He was a loving father, protector, teacher, and provider to his seven children. Even after they grew and started their own families, his role in their lives did not lessen. His love simply grew to include their spouses and children. He continued to show his unconditional and boundless love to all of them, not one more important to him than the next. Tony had an amazing, self-taught engineering mind. Using his own ingenuity, ambition, and experience he often built what was needed. Including everything from multiple pieces of farm equipment, smaller motorized equipment, to a full-sized dump truck converted from a school bus. He even built an ultralight plane from the ground up. You can be certain he would find something that needed fixing on any equipment that was purchased so it would work as he thought it should. As calm and steady as he was, he still liked the thrill of flying his plane and ultralights as well as the freedom of his motorcycle trips. They were part of the many things that were “awesome” to him. He also took pride in making delicious ice cream for family gatherings. (Oh, how he enjoyed eating ice cream.) He loved seeing the smiles on his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren’s faces as they liked the ice cream as much as he did. He was truly a kid at heart and enjoyed playing as much as he did farming. Tony’s legacy will be his faith, family, and friends that he gathered throughout his life.

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6

Tony was truly a good and faithful servant. Although he was always a very hard working and focused farmer, he had obvious priorities. Those priorities included instilling a love for the Lord in his family. Sunday church was not to be missed. Many winters even when the snow was very deep, Tony would load up his entire family of nine inside a single cab pickup and make it to church without fail. He was also very careful to ensure that everyone in his life knew that they were special to him including his many beloved family members, friends, and neighbors. To both Tony and Pat, everyone was family. His family and extended family was bountiful and very important to him and his presence will be greatly missed by them all. He was preceded in death by his wife Pat, his daughter Barbara, and his granddaughter Anna Mae. He is survived by his children, Mary and Carl Skelonc, Marilyn and Scott Barton, Terry (Barb) Edema, Dianne and Timothy Newton, Michael and Ann Patin, John and Sara Patin, Sharon Walkowski; 24 grandchildren and great grandchildren; Siblings, Sr Mary Philip OSF, Fred and Mary Lynn Patin, Peter and Carole Patin, Donna Dunaven, many nieces and nephews; and the many relatives of Pat’s family. The Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Wednesday, March 20 at Mary Queen of Apostles Church, Sand Lake, with Rev Lam Le presiding. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends met with the family at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs Tuesday, March 19. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mary Queen of Apostles youth program.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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