Daniel Robert Patten was born Dec. 15, 1949, in Albert Lea, Minn., the son of Robert and Louise Patten. He grew up in Albert Lea before moving to Winnebago, Minn., during high school. Dan started working for his father’s roofing company when he was 14 years old. He attended and graduated from Winnebago High School then went on to Buena Vista University.
Dan was united in marriage to Vicki Salic on April 19, 1975, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winnebago, Minn. They raised their family in Winnebago until moving to Algona in 1988 when Dan started Dan Patten Roofing. He owned and operated Dan Patten Roofing until 2017. There are not many flat roofs around the northern Iowa area that he hasn’t stepped foot on.
Dan enjoyed fishing with his children on Sundays at the river after church, Smith Lake with his grandkids, and trips to Minnesota to Moore’s Lodge. Dan liked pheasant hunting with his grandsons, deer hunting, and bear hunting in Canada. He took pride in his large garden that was filled with many tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, onions, squash, peas, watermelon, carrots, corn, potatoes and giant pumpkins. Many may have thought there was too much in the garden, but he enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends. The highlight of each gardening year was when his grandkids would come and pick out their own giant pumpkin.
Dan died Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the MercyOne North Iowa Hospice in Mason City. He was 70.
Daniel is survived by his wife Vicki of Algona; children, Dan (Katie) Patten of Algona and their children: Charlotte, Caroline and Jack “Frank”; Kristi (James) Nemmers of Algona and their children: Logan, Haley and Gavin; and Ben (Kristin) Patten of Titonka and their children: Landen, Kinnley, Paisley and Briggs; his mother Louise Patten of Winnebago, Minn.; sister Roxanne (Frank) Mennenga; brothers, Sam (Nina) Patten and Robert T. (Deb) Patten; sister-in-law Claudine (Dale) Meckes; brother-in-law Ernie (Gin) Salic; brother-in-law Lawrence (Nancy) Salic; sister-in-law Bonita (Leo) Pezzi; brother-in-law Michael (Pat) Salic; sister-in-law Lucinda (Ron) Winch; brother-in-law Pete (Karen) Salic; sister-in-law Dixie (Ken) Crissinger; brother-in-law Bing Salic; sister-in-law Gloria Salic; sister-in-law Trina (Troy) McDonald; sister-in-law Lex (Bruce) Leeck; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by daughter Lonni; father Robert; and father and mother-in-law, Ernest Sr. and Phyllis Salic; and sister-in-law Deb Salic.
Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Winnebago, Minn. Memorials may be directed to the family, and anyone wishing to send a card, please mail them to Vicki Patten, P.O. Box 292, Algona, IA 50511 Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.