Robert Patterson

A cutout photo of Robert. He smiles widely and wears a blue t-shirt.

Robert (Bob) Patterson, age 71, of Mason City, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice of Mason City after a courageous battle with cancer. Family greeted friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel in Mason City, with a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m.

Bob brought joy into the lives of his parents, Lyle and Ann (Winter) Patterson on September 22, 1950. He was a Buffalo Center Bison and graduated with the class of 1969. After high school, he attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville. Bob then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Education at Northeast Missouri State University in 1974, known today as Truman State University in Missouri.

His teaching career started in Kirksville, MO, where he taught for two years. He then taught school at Alta, IA, until he planted his roots in Rudd Rockford Marble Rock, where he taught 5th and 6th grade. Bob was a golden apple award winner and a beloved teacher for 27 years before his retirement in 2005.

In April of 1984, he was united in marriage to Pam Asbjornson, and they were blessed with two children, Brandi and Travis. He and Pam grew apart but remained friends, and he remained an amazing father to Brandi and Travis.

Amongst the things he loved the most were his family, following Kelly Shyrock wherever he raced at, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Bob could not go anywhere without stopping to visit with a friend, co-worker, or one of his students. He always had a smile to share and a joke to tell to make those laugh around him. The moments of laughter he shared with others will be cherished for a lifetime to come.

His family would like to thank the MercyOne staff along with the staff at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice for making his last months as special and joyous as they could be.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory; daughter Brandi (Kris) Paulson of Mason City; son, Travis (Stacy) Patterson of Mason City; three grandsons, Tyler Paulson, Hudsen Simmer, and Tyler Patterson; two brothers, Ronnie (Marty) Patterson of Algona and Randy (Craig) Patterson of Wesley Chapel, FL; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and many more close friends.

Bob was preceded in death by baby Patterson, and his mother and father.

Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel of Mason City assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to MercyOne North Iowa Hospice of Mason City. Online condolences may be left at




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