By HDN staff
GENE A. PATRICK
RUDYARD Gene A. Patrick, 65, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 1999, in a plane accident in the Big Snowy Mountains on a flight from Billings to Choteau. Also killed were his wife, Shaunny (Likens) Patrick, son, Craig, and Craigs wife, Jessica.
Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at the Church of the Nazarene in Elgin, Ill., with burial in Windridge Memorial Park in Cary, Ill.
Patrick was born April 10, 1934, in LaBelle, Mo., to Anna L. (Crandall) Patrick and Harry A. Patrick. He grew up in the north Rudyard area. He graduated from Rudyard High School in 1952. He went to Oregon to attend college and took private flying lessons.
He married Shaunny Likens in Oregon.
He started flying with Capitol Airlines which later merged with United Airlines. He flew for United until he retired in 1994. Later that year he went with Nazarene Mission Air. He flew for the Mission in Swaziland, Africa, and later was based out of Johannesberg, South Africa.
The couple moved to Florida in 1997. They were spending part of the year in Florida and part of the year at home in Montana.
Survivors include daughters, Anemone and Colleen; sons, Dennis and Steve; his mother, Anna L. Patrick; a brother, Ralph H. Patrick; a sister, Mary Ellen Solum of Rudyard; 12 grandchildren; one uncle and several aunts and nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Laird Funeral Home of Elgin, Ill.