Walter "Bud" Patch, 91, of the Trenton area, most recently of Williston, passed away at the Bethel Lutheran Nursing Home and rehabilitation Center, early Saturday morning, April 13, 2019.
Walter Samuel Patch was born on February 12, 1928 to Charles and Madge (Popejoy) Patch in Williston, North Dakota. He was the 4th of six children and was raised on the family farm near Trenton, North Dakota and attended Trenton High School.
He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 23, 1948 and went to boot camp at great Lakes, Illinois. On September 28, 1948 he got aboard the ship USS Rochester in Philadelphia. He served during the Korean War and spent three years and nine months on this ship which was known as the Grey Ghost of the Korean coast. They left Norfolk, Virginia and sailed to Boston. On March 5, 1949 they arrived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. On April 30, 1949 they arrived in the Panama Canal. They arrived in Manila on June 1, 1950 and then to Okinawa on June 30, 1950 and then in North Korea on July 3, 1950. The ship then arrived at Sasebo, Japan on July 24, 1950 and was then on to South Korea. His rank in the Navy was Gunners Mate 2nd Class. He was honorably discharged in San Diego on June 12, 1952. He enjoyed his time in the Navy.
He returned home to North Dakota and went to work for the Great Northern Railway where he was a signal maintainer. His route was from Williston to Browning, Montana.
After working on the railroad for five years he then returned home to the family farm and started irrigation farming in the Trenton Valley and raising cattle with his oldest brother, Charles. He loved the land and working with cattle.
On June 26, 1965, he married Merna Miller in Williston. They established their home on the farm in Buford Township where they raised their two sons, Randy and Dwight. Later his son, Randy became his farming and ranching partner, together they raised wheat and irrigated crops and Black Angus cattle. Bud and Merna always enjoyed raising a big garden every year. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving Bud are his wife of fifty-three years, Merna; his two sons, Randy and Dwight (Shelli); grandchildren, Jack, Kailee, Zak and Kenzie; sister, Marion and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Bud in death were his mother and father; and brothers, Charles, Marvin, Ed and Dwight.