Alan Edmund Patnode

Alan Edmund Patnode

Alan E. Patnode, 85, formerly of Locust Grove and more recently, Manassas, Va., went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, while at The Adler Center for Caring in Aldie, Va.

Alan was born in Peasleeville, N.Y., on September 7, 1931, the son of Henry and Glenna (Jewitt) Patnode. He graduated from Keeseville High School and served in The United States Air Force from 1949 to 1953.

Alan married Olga Davic on August 17, 1951. While working for Duquesne Light Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology.

In 1957 and for the next 35 years, Alan worked for New York State Electric and Gas Corporation back in his hometown of Keeseville. Alan, who is known for his great love of family, served the community in many ways from singing in the ecumenical choir to presiding over the school board.

To be closer to his children and grandchildren, in 1999, Olga and he moved to Locust Grove, Va., where he continued to serve his community. He delivered meals for the Orange County Nutrition Site and was a member of both AARP and the LOWA Award Committee. He was also a member of the Lake of the Woods Veterans. At The Lake of the Woods Church, Alan enjoyed activities such as singing in the choir, lighting the oil candles, serving on as an elder and on the security team, and participating in group bible study.

Left to cherish the memory of Alan are his beloved wife; three daughters, Rhonda (Clint) Jay of Tennessee, Cheryl Bittner and Ron Bittner of Florida, and Deanna (Tim) Gage of Virginia; brother, Clifford of Florida; two sisters, Viola Bezio of New York and Janet Stiefel of Oregon; seven grandchildren, Mason, Kelly, Ashley, Rayburn, Clint, Elise, and Jessica; two great-grandsons, Emmett and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers, Cedric, Cecil, Wilfred, and Rayburn; and one sister, Roselma Grout.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life at The Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove, Virginia 22508, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 25. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to The Adler Center for Caring or The Lake of the Woods Church Chancellor Choir. An online guestbook is available at