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York Patton Jr.

July 31, 1933 — May 21, 2022

York Patton Jr.

York “Sonny” Patton Jr., 88, of Mancelona, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.  He was born on July 31, 1933, in Petoskey, the son of York Sr. and Ruth (Alexander) Patton.

York enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after turning eighteen in 1951 and proudly served our country for four years.  Upon returning back to Michigan, he married Christine Still on July 14, 1956, in Southfield.  They moved to Troy for several years before moving to Mancelona where they have resided since 1968.  York worked for the Antrim County Road Commission for roughly 30 years before retiring in the late 90’s.

In his younger days, York enjoyed bow hunting, painting, and squirrel hunting with his son.  More recently, he had the pleasure of watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up; he loved them more than anything. 

York is survived by his loving wife, Chriss Patton; his son, Daniel (Rachel) Patton of Mancelona; two sisters, Shirley Bedard of Traverse City and Geraldine Jones of Flint; two grandchildren, Damaris (Jon) Spoor and Alysha (Jeff) Odom; and six great-grandchildren, Maverick, Katana, Nakita, Serenity, Richter, and Saoirse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bud Patton and Bill Patton; and four sisters, Margaret Still, Maxine Pebley, Helen Seaman, and Pauline Lee.

Graveside services will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Mancelona.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Arrangements are in the care of the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Please sign his online guestbook at


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