Walton H. Patrie, Jr

Saginaw, Michigan
September 6, 1935 - July 23, 2020


A service for the immediate family and friends will be announced at a later date.

Obituary Notice

Age 84, of Oscoda passed away peacefully and went home to his Lord on Thursday July 23rd, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI.  Walt was born on September 6th, 1935 to Walton H. Patrie, Sr. and Jeannette Patrie (Babbie) of Champlain, NY. He was the eldest of three boys. He graduated high school at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Champlain.  He joined the Navy in 1954 and served for four years before being honorably discharged. He felt called to continue to serve his beloved country and enlisted in the Air Force where he would serve for another seventeen years before retiring with the rank of Tech Sergeant at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, MI.  During his time in the Air Force, Walt served two tours of duty in Vietnam (1962-1963 and 1965-1966) as a radio operator. His years of service would have him stationed around the world including Turkey, the Philippines, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Alaska, and finally Oscoda.  Walt met his beloved wife, Myra (Mleczek), on a beach in Virginia while on leave shortly before his discharge from the Navy. They were married on May 11th, 1957 and he and Myra would be graced with three beautiful children and 63 years together.  After retiring from the Air Force, Walt continued to serve his country in the civil service at Wurtsmith from 1975-1992. He worked for another ten years at Carter’s grocery store in Oscoda after the base closed. Walt was rarely seen without his Vietnam Veteran’s hat after his retirement from the Air Force, a testament to his pride and service to his country.  He stayed active in the community that he loved as a proud member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, and NRA. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and bird watcher throughout his life and taught his children and grandchildren that same love and respect for the outdoors. As time passed, he eagerly accepted new technology and always had a new gadget in his hand.  Walt is preceded in death by his mother and father.  He is survived by his wife, Myra, and their children: Terri (Mike) Lamrock of Oscoda, MI, Brian (Mary) Patrie of Cedar Springs, MI, and Kevin Patrie of Macomb, MI and dog, Izzy. He is also survived by grandchildren, Michael and Megan Lamrock, Mikayla Patrie, Inez (Brian) Carlton, Daniel (Rachel) Chase as well as great-grandchildren Madasyn, Brooklyn, Rayna, Myra, Penny, and Remington. He leaves behind two brothers: Clarence (Sharon) Patrie of Champlain, NY and Richard Patrie of Spring Hill, FL. Walt will also be dearly missed by many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.  Private arrangements for Walt have been made by Buresh Funeral Homes, Inc. of Oscoda. A service for the immediate family and friends will be announced at a later date.   Any memorial contributions should be directed to either the American Lung Association or the National Kidney Foundation.  You may offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com


Any memorial contributions should be directed to either the American Lung Association or the National Kidney Foundation.


So sorry to hear about Walt. He was a wonderful man. He will be dearly missed and always remembered.
— Tammy Sloan
My longtime friend. Good bye for now. See ya\
Bill G.
— Bill gallagher
Condolences from his little “pest” cousin from down the street. Always looked up to Walt. He was a special person. Amy and I always looked forward to his visits back home in Champlain, NY
— Leonard and Amy Patrie
I’m sad to learn of Walt’s passing. Walt was a member of an elite group of patriots, e.g. Vietnam Veterans. He served honorably in support of the Forward Air Controllers and the FAC mission. Most of us who were a few years younger respectfully referred to Walt as “Pappy”. Although we grieve for the loss of our brother, we too know that we are not far behind and will meet again in God’s Kingdom. May the Lord have mercy on Walt’s soul and welcome him into his Kingdom, in Jesus name, Amen.
— Robert B Green ( C3B Crew chief USAF)
I can't tell you how very sad I am to hear this news! Walt was a very special person and like a brother to me. I will never forget him and may the angels bring Myra and all your family peace and comfort.
— Jennie Maryliw
Nicest man in the world! Rest In Peace Mr Patrie, I will miss your friendly smile 😥
— Wendy Otremba
So sorry to hear about Walt. Our thoughts and prayers are with Myra and the family He will be missed at our social gatherings in Saginaw. Sending hugs to you Myra
— Mary and Buck Edwards
Dear Kevin, Mrs. Patrie, and family,
Sorry to hear about Mr. Patrie's passing. His smile will be missed.
— Sue (Miller) Mills

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