Loran Lee Patton, 90, of Nebraska City, passed away at the Ambassador Healthcare Facility on January 12, 2024.

Loran was born to Dexter and Elsie (Schreiner) Patton in Nebraska City on September 25, 1933.   He attended Baker Country School through 8th grade and graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1951.   He was active in FFA and the choir during High School.

Loran married Mary Donna Wier on May 31, 1953. He hoped to farm with his Dad, but Uncle Sam had a different job for him. In December 1954, he was drafted and sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas for basic training. In 1955 the entire Division of the 10 th Infantry was sent to Germany. He was based in Headquarters Co. at Schweinfurt, Germany and drove for the Colonel of the 35 th Field Artillery. Mary Donna went to Germany to live while he was stationed there. They returned home in November 1956.

Loran and Mary Donna moved to a farm south of Nebraska City to live for several years. In 1957, their first son Daniel was born and in 1959 David was born. In 1960 the family moved to the Patton farm and Loran farmed with his dad, Dexter. In 1965 Douglas was born. All three boys attended Baker Country School through 8th grade, which made 4 generations of Patton’s that attended there. Loran was President of the Baker Country School Board of Education for many years.

Loran was a farmer his entire life. He raised row crops, had a cow/calf operation and in earlier years raised hogs. In 1968, the Patton family received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award for 100 years of farming from Aksarben, where David is still farming. In 2019 Loran received a “Quilt of Valor” made by long time friend Phyllis Lyon for his military service overseas.

Loran was a member at the First Presbyterian Church. He sang in the choir and served on the Session and other committees for many years. He and Mary Donna square danced, and played in card clubs. He enjoyed bowling and in the later years he would go to town a couple afternoons a week to play cards with “the guys.”

Loran is survived by this wife Mary Donna of 70 years, children Daniel and wife Cindy of Little Meadows, PA, David and wife Kate of Nebraska City, NE and Douglas and wife Stephanie of Three Forks, MT. Grandchildren, Aaron Patton (Amanda), Alex Patton (Nicola), Nathan Patton (Shelby), Krista Kreifel (Brian), Grace Patton and Jesse Patton. Great-grandchildren, Titus Patton, Silas Patton, Ana Patton, Magnus Patton, Dexter Patton, Isaac Patton, Emma Kreifel, Jackson Kreifel, Cael Kreifel, Jacob Kreifel (Jacey), and Trever Kreifel (Brittany). Great-great grandchildren, Sofia Kreifel and Kennedy Kreifel. Brother-in-law Jack Wier (Joan), nephews, niece and cousins.

There will be a celebration of Loran’s life at 10:30 a.m. on April 4, 2024 at the First Presbyterian Church in Nebr. City.  Inurnment and military honors will follow in the Wyuka Cemetery in Nebr. City.  The family will greet friends at the church, prior to the memorial service, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Nebr. City in lieu of flowers.

Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.

Gude Mortuary in charge of the arrangements.