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Johnnie "J.P." Patterson 1943-2013

Johnnie "J.P." Patterson, 69, died Feb. 22 at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1943 in Lando Mines, West Va., to John and Pinky (Scott) Patterson. Johnnie was a 32-year employee of Hennepin County Medical Center, Union Steward, champion Golden Gloves boxer under Harry Davis, avid amateur baseball player, and starter of Minneapolis Drum Corps and drummer for Ames Lodge Drum and Bugle Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya; children, Johnnie LeRoy Sr. (Joanna) Gurley, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Kelly Gurley, of Minneapolis, Devin Wideman, of Prior Lake, Minn., Rejean Wideman, of Prior Lake and Tiarra Wideman, of Prior Lake; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Bessie Medlock and Christine Harrison; sisters-in-law, Jerri Reese and Mary Helen Medlock, all of Minneapolis; and other extended family.

A memorial service was held Feb. 27 at the Tiowakan Spiritual Center, Prior Lake; the officiate was the Reverend Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo. A celebration of life service will also be held Saturday, March 9, from 2-6 p.m., at North Commons Park, 1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN, 55411. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements are with McNearney Funeral Home, Shakopee, 952-445-2755. Condolences may be shared at