Joseph Charles Patzner, died February 23, 2023 at the VA Center Health Care in Des Moines. He was born April 1, 1924 to Martin and Mabel Schiffman Patzner near Guttenberg, Iowa. He attended Guttenberg High School and worked on the family dairy farm until he was drafted into the United States Army in March of 1943. Joe was captured during World War II during the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW in Germany.
Upon returning from the war, he was employed by Meadow Gold in Dubuque and then Amoco Pipeline in Chillicothe, Missouri. On February 12, 1955 he married Jean Mendenhall from Chillicothe and moved to Sigourney in 1958.
Joe enjoyed being active, working on the house and outside in the yard or cleaning his vehicles. In his downtime, Joe could often be seen watching a western movie. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Joe retired from Amoco after 37 years in 1989 and had season tickets to Iowa Hawkeye football games for many years with his wife.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeff Patzner, one sister Jeanette Junk, four brothers Delbert Patzner, Verdus Patzner, Mark Patzner and Dannie Patzner.
He is survived by his wife Jean, three sons Mitch Patzner of Dubuque, Rick (Devon Wendler) Patzner of Ankeny, Greg Patzner of Seattle, Washington and one daughter Marla (Pete) Fromm of Ankeny, 5 grandchildren Jesse Patzner, Scott Patzner, Nathan Fromm, Luke Patzner, Tyler Fromm, one great granddaughter Hazel Rose that’s on her way.
Memorials will go to various VA programs.
Cards may be sent to Joe's family at 7429 NW 16th St. Ankeny, IA 50023
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